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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1907_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays about as quietly as any copy ever does
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout this Ella & Louis classic with all four sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_and_hart_1910_02ex) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • Fitzgerald's second Songbook release finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on all four of these wonderful mono sides
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of swingin' energy
  • We would love to find you a quiet, amazing sounding copy, but that just does not seem to be in the cards
  • 5 stars: "The second of Ella Fitzgerald's famed Songbook series features her singing 34 of the best songs co-written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The arrangements by Buddy Bregman for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. "
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Frank Sinatra / Count Basie
It Might As Well Be Swing

  (Item #: sinatitmig_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last- fairly quiet vinyl for an original Reprise pressing from this era too
  • The presence and immediacy here are staggering. Turn it up and Frank is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime, with the Basie big band stretched out from wall to wall behind him (which is why the stereo pressings are the only way to go on these kinds of albums)
  • "A more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album... , what makes [it] more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. ...throughout this record they play with energy and vigor."
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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_2002) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning grades or close to them on both sides, this mono copy took top honors in our first shootout in almost two years, and has the highest grades of any copy to ever hit the site
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate, 31-year-old Julie London performing live in your listening room
  • It's also pressed on unusually quiet vinyl - Mint Minus Minus, with no issues to speak of - they don't come any quieter in our experience
  • 4 stars: "Julie London's concise and melodic versions of standards were quite popular during the latter half of the 1950s. Her subtle sensuality and lightly swinging style made for a potent combination."
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Duke Ellington
Masterpieces By Ellington

  (Item #: ellinmaste_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find DEMO quality sound on this 6 Eye pressing, earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • For his first LP, Ellington is freed from prior 3-minute constraints and the results are nothing short of breathtaking on a record this good
  • The early mono sound is shockingly real - not for the era, but for any era - it's remarkably big, rich and Tubey Magical
  • If you could have on one Ellington LP, Indigos or Masterpieces would have to be among your first two choices
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...he and the band rose to the occasion with extended (11-minute-plus) "uncut concert arrangements" of "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Solitude,""
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Mel Torme
I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count

  (Item #: tormeidigd_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This may not be one of Mel's better known albums, but we found it to be prime Velvet Fog, right up there with the best of his work auditioned to date - if you haven't heard the man in his prime, this is a great place to start
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra at sessions in Los Angeles, it includes one half Duke Ellington and one half Count Basie... With all these things going for it, how can Tormé do wrong?"
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Harry Belafonte
The Midnight Special

  (Item #: belafmidni_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Belafonte's 1962 release finally arrives on the site, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical richness these recordings need to sound right (and which is rarely evident on the modern reissues made from these kinds of recordings)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Known to rock collectors as being the first album to feature Bob Dylan (he plays harmonica on the title track), The Midnight Special is also a record that best exemplifies Harry Belafonte's uniqueness as a recording artist... Combining blues, big band, gospel, and soul, Belafonte utilizes mainly traditional material on one of his best programmed albums of the sixties."
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Nat "King" Cole
Where Did Everyone Go?

  (Item #: cole_where_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With especially rich, intimate and natural vocal reproduction, this side one was close to the best we played of Nat's wonderful "songs of love and loss"
  • If all you know are the weirdly unnatural remixes DCC did (or the dreadful Analogue Productions pressings), this LP will be nothing less than a revelation
  • "His rich and cozy baritone carries the ache of "Am I Blue?" and the slinky "I Keep Goin' Back to Joe's" into an understated, almost plaintive blues. Here he perfectly demonstrates a boundless capacity as a melodic interpreter of song."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Get Happy!

  (Item #: fitzggetha_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Ella's 1959 release for Verve (in stereo!) makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is big, rich, lively and dynamic, with Ella's astounding vocal range rendered as only an All Tube Analog chain can
  • These sides reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of The First Lady of Song's vocals, with tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "As usual, Ella uplifts all of the material and her best moments come on 'Somebody Loves Me,' a heartfelt 'Moonlight Becomes You,' a scat-filled 'Blue Skies' and (somewhat surprisingly) 'St. Louis Blues.'... the formerly obscure 'Get Happy' finds Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her powers."
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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie
At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1901_7_02) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This wonderful set boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Hello Love

  (Item #: fitzghello_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Ella's 1959 release finally arrives on the site with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) Mono sound from first note to last
  • The sound is relaxed, full-bodied and lively, with Tubey Magical richness befitting the 1957 and 1959 recording dates of these sessions
  • Skip the stereo pressing on this title - none of the copies we played could hold a candle to this killer mono LP
  • "The album focuses on well-known songs not included in Fitzgerald's epic Songbooks project, and several of the songs are tunes that she had recently recorded in duet with Louis Armstrong."
  • 4 stars: "A fine gem among the diamonds of Ella Fitzgerald's late-'50s period with Verve... Wrapped in the strings of Frank DeVol's orchestra, Fitzgerald is a bewitching presence singing these dreamy standards..."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly...

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_2001) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1909_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of this outstanding double album with solid Double Plus (A+++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • This 2 LP set features most of the tracks from the original release plus another handful of recordings from the same period (1955-1956)
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... 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."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this copy earned Top Honors in our most recent shootout
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Both sides are clean, clear, open and spacious with a huge three-dimensional soundstage and a solid bottom end
  • ...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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Lou Rawls
Bring It On Home

  (Item #: rawlsbring_1909_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A superb copy of this wonderful Lou Rawls album, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments - just the right sound for this music
  • There are a lot of bad sounding Lou Rawls records out there, but this hidden gem is not one of them - not only is the sound superb, but Lou's done his old pal Sam proud with wonderfully heartfelt versions of some of his best songs
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for any Lou Rawls title, but here it is!
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Frank Sinatra
Some Nice Things I've Missed

  (Item #: sinatsomen_1904_6_10_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • The album features Sinatra singing some of the biggest hits of the day by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, and Bread
  • Released in 1974, this is probably the last good album the man made outside of She Shot Me Down from 1981
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Willie Nelson
Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_2001) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This exceptionally well-recorded album, here with Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them of, 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 (which is exactly what is missing from the awful Classic Records reissue)
  • 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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Roy Orbison
In Dreams

  (Item #: orbisindre_1908_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb sound for this copy of Orbison's 1963 release, with both stereo sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • It does have some condition issues though - finding clean copies of early Orbison albums has always been an uphill battle, which is why so few copies have ever made it to the site
  • Full-bodied and warm, exceptionally open and clear with wonderfully sweet vocals - this pressing presents the music the way it was meant to be heard - thanks Bill Porter!
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Orbison's voice was never better than on this recording. The heights he reaches on the title cut, 'Lonely Wine,' the swaggering country and R&B of 'Blue Avenue,' and 'My Prayer' are simply mind-blowing... the song choices are impeccable."
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet vinyl)

Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1907_10_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of Sarah Vaughan's 1960 release - exceptionally rare quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer Hot Stamper reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • And please don't confuse the good reissues we offer from decades past with the mediocre crap being pressed today - there is no simply no comparison, not for sound anyway
  • "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.'"
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Sammy Davis Jr.
The Nat King Cole Song Book

  (Item #: davisnatki_1903_9_01) 

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


  • A superb sounding original stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Bigger and richer, with lovely Tubey Magic and breathy vocals, this Tri-Color Reprise pressing lets us hear Sammy at the peak of his powers performing some of Nat's most memorable songs
  • 4 Stars: "Alongside Cole's collaborator, Billy May, and notable jazz arranger Claus Ogerman, Davis and company turned in one of the finest and most underrated efforts."
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Frank Sinatra
The Voice

  (Item #: sinatthevo_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sound, this killer 6 Eye mono LP is full of the analog warmth and sweetness missing from the Classic reissue and probably anything else pressed in the last twenty five years - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Featuring most of his best Columbia material, here is the Tubey Magical Midrange missing from the Classic reissue - theirs was not a bad record per se, but without the presence, breathiness and intimacy of the younger Sinatra's vocals reproduced faithfully, boredom will likely set in before the side is over
  • 4 stars: "...the focus is on the ballads, and the dozen represented here constitute a bumper crop of classics, all resplendent in the singer's richest, most overpowering intonation and most delicately nuanced work."
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June Christy
Something Cool

  (Item #: chrissomet_2001) 

Our Price: $449.99

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

  (Item #: tormesongs_1909_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This surprisingly good sounding pressing of Mel Torme's 1963 album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Like many of the best Mel Torme recordings from back in the day, the sound here is rich, warm and smooth, with Vintage Analog Tubey Magic to die for
  • Turn it up and The Velvet Fog will be standing right between your speakers, putting his heart and soul into these American standards
  • "This thematic recording, with songs all relating to New York City, has vocalist Mel Tormé singing in fine fashion... done with the heartfelt passion of a man who has lived in the Big Apple and has many tales to tell."
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Dean Martin
This Time I'm Swingin'

  (Item #: martithist_1907_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy that lets this music swing the way it's supposed to - solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Classic Capitol big, full-bodied, Tubey Magical sound -- Dino's vocals are present and natural in the best tradition of rat-mate Frank Sinatra in the early '60s
  • With Nelson Riddle arranging, you can be sure the album has plenty of swing all right -- and the brass sounds amazing here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...an easy swinging collection with appealing horn charts and a series of comfortable readings of recent and vintage standards... a good, confident set..."
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Frank Sinatra
Nice and Easy

  (Item #: sinatnicea_1905_8_01ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound throughout this copy of Sinatra's 1960 release with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • The Chairman sounds out of this world here -- incredibly rich, smooth, musical and balanced
  • Take this one home and play it against the MoFi pressing for a good laugh -- this thing will positively SMOKE whatever other version you might have in your collection, guaranteed
  • 5 stars: "... a breezy collection of mid-tempo numbers arranged by Nelson Riddle. Nice 'N' Easy doesn't have a touch of brooding sorrow — it rolls along steadily, charming everyone in its path."
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Frank Sinatra
Only The Lonely

  (Item #: sinatonlyt_1909_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Both sides are clean, clear and present with breathy vocals, rich texture to the strings and plenty of wide and deep orchestral detail
  • Full of Sinatra classics such as What's New?, Willow Weep for Me, Blues in the Night, One for My Baby and six more
  • 5 stars: "Sinatra never forces emotion out of the lyric, he lets everything flow naturally, with grace. It's a heartbreaking record, the ideal late-night album."
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_2001_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Presenting a superb original stereo pressing which earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides and plays fairly quietly for a record of its age (57 or thereabouts)
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime, and Nelson Riddle's arrangements beautifully support Sinatra's emotional readings of these Classics of the Great American Songbook
  • "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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Ella Fitzgerald
These Are The Blues

  (Item #: fitzgthese_1902_6_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A superb early Stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Only the best vintage vinyl pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1963
  • Allmusic Users 4 1/2 stars: "Ella Fitzgerald was never thought of as a blues singer but she does a surprisingly effective job on the ten blues songs here, including "See See Rider," "Trouble in Mind," "St. Louis Blues," and Bessie Smith's "Jailhouse Blues." She somehow sings more or less in the style of the classic blues vocalists of the 1920s and largely pulls it off. ...organist Wild Bill Davis (with assistance from guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Gus Johnson) dominate the ensembles. It's an interesting set."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1909_01) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) grades on the second -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Frank Sinatra
No One Cares

  (Item #: sinatnoone_2001_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this early Capitol stereo LP has some of the best Sinatra sound you will ever hear - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • No One Cares is an orchestrated album of ballads, boasting superb All Tube Analog sound from 1959
  • This early pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s simply missing from the later reissues we've played - it gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is right in the room with you
  • These sides have two very important qualities - they reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of Sinatra's vocals, with Jenkins' tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "Jenkins gives the songs a subtly tragic treatment, and Sinatra responds with a wrenching performance."
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Lou Rawls
Live!

  (Item #: rawlslive_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades can be found on both sides of this album, Lous Rawls' masterpiece
  • 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, but really, there's not a bad track here
  • 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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Dean Martin
Dream With Dean

  (Item #: martidream_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_swingin) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Capitol stereo pressing has STUNNING Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - a HUGE step up from most of what we've heard
  • These sides are rich, Tubey Magical, balanced and natural - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, one of the quietest copies we played all day
  • The tonality of Sinatra's voice is right on the money, and the brass - so key to these big group sessions - is every bit as good
  • "Sinatra's Swingin' Session is a fast, driving album, the speediest and hardest swing collection Frank Sinatra ever recorded. Sinatra performed the songs twice as fast as was expected; consequently, it's one of his jazziest swing sets, with the musicians spitting out energetic, forceful solos and providing tough, gutsy support."
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Clearly one of the better sounding Reprise-era Sinatra pressings we have ever played
  • Credit must 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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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good our favorite Stan Getz album can sound on vinyl
  • Musically and sonically, this is Must Own jazz, capturing a very special night in a small club
  • A tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason we are rarely able to do this shootout
  • 4 stars: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1902_9_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound for this hard-to-find vintage stereo pressing
  • Ray's 1961 release here showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the now "controversial" 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1908_01ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of Ella's superb follow-up to Clap Hands boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • What took us by surprise was the richness and sweetness of this early stereo Verve - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals of this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_2001) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Off the charts Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from the first note to the last
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime
  • Sinatra's voice always sounds natural even when he's at his loudest, this is quite an accomplishment and a sure sign that not only is the recording itself excellent, but the pressing derived from it has been mastered and pressed to the highest audiophile standards
  • "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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_the_duke_1903_6_10_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides!
  • Forget the originals - like so many of the early songbook pressings, they suffer from painfully hard and honky mastering EQ (and gritty sounding vinyl)
  • We know whereof we speak when it comes to early Ella records - we've played plenty of them and found that most just don't sound very good
  • "Duke's spectacular catalog dazzles, and his sprightly, lush textures are transfigured under Fitzgerald's warm-timbred voice and elegant, precise delivery... each tune as familiar as it is delightful to hear in this new context."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_2001) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this incredible late-'50s pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • Our Six Eye Stereo Columbia here impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington refined to an art form, never more so than on this very album
  • 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 going to be hard to beat
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Frank Sinatra
September Of My Years

  (Item #: sinatsepte_1909_12) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish - we guarantee you've never heard Sinatra sound better than he does on this very pressing
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional on both sides, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - just wonderful
  • A Demo Quality Tubey Magical disc, but it only sounds that way on the best 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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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1910_12) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • On this superb 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
  • "...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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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This White Dog stereo (not Living Stereo) pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • HP made his reputation bringing this kind of live-in-your-listening-room record 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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Linda Ronstadt
For Sentimental Reasons

  (Item #: ronstforse_1905_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A superb pressing of Ronstadt's 1986 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Linda is fuller, sweeter, breathier, less spitty (some tracks more than others) and just plain less artificial here than on most of the other pressings we played
  • The final installment of the jazz trilogy that Ronstadt recorded with bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle
  • "... it is in the hushed intensity of Mr. Riddle's string arrangements for the album's ballads that one senses a musician reaching deeply into his soul to make eloquent final statements... The arrangements' emotional gravity reverberates in Miss Ronstadt's singing..."
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1907_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish, this original stereo pressing blew away practically every copy in our shootout
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the newer material for this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was still in very fine form indeed
  • "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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Mel Torme
With The Marty Paich Dek-tette

  (Item #: tormewitht_1912) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of this 1956 collaboration, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to the last
  • This is the vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • If don't know that sound, you are missing one of the greatest pleasures an audiophile can experience
  • 5 stars: "Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dek-tette is a vocal masterpiece, an extremely satisfying record achieved only by a fusion of an excellent voice, an excellent band, and excellent material."
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb early mono pressing which offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - the vinyl is a problem, but it almost always is...
  • Julie is in the room with you - intimate, breathy and Tubey Magical like practically nothing you've ever heard
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1908_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding original pressing of Holiday's 1958 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... 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."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_1_1909_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that is sure to impress
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements by Buddy Bregman for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular."
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Astrud Gilberto
The Shadow Of Your Smile

  (Item #: gilbeshado_1912) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early stereo copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other pressing of the album you've heard
  • The best early Verve stereo pressings such as this one 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
  • Allmusic customers rate the album 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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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1905_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides to rival the best pop vocal recordings we know of
  • Nat himself sounds especially immediate and real, and the strings are much less of a problem here than they are on most pressings
  • If all you know of this album is the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (or the awful Analogue Productions vinyl), this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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Astrud Gilberto
The Astrud Gilberto Album

  (Item #: gilbeastru_1912ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or close to them, this Van Gelder mastered copy was one of the best we played in our shootout (but the vinyl is iffy at best)
  • The sound here has real texture to the strings and breath to the vocals, key elements if this music is going to work
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The Astrud Gilberto Album was at least as good as Getz/Gilberto (despite what jazz fans say), for several reasons. Gilberto sounded beautiful on a range of material, from the sentimental "Dindi" to the playful "Agua de Beber," and as long as intelligent musicians were playing to her strengths (as they do here), the results were splendid."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1812_7_12) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with a superb Double Plus (A++) side one for this 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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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_8_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Here is the sound we love at Better Records - these sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • "Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that's the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn't give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' 'Just One of Those Things,' 'The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).' And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well." - All Music
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1811_1_9_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Both sides are big, open, and lively - just the right sound for this acclaimed album full of songs you know well
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor, if not as immediately startling."
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Dave Brubeck
Tonight Only!

  (Item #: brubetonig_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb Brubeck recording, with Carmen McRae on vocals, finally returns to the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This Six-Eye Stereo pressing was richer and tubier and just plain more musical than every other copy we played (which is exactly why it won the shootout)
  • The first of three collaborations between Brubeck and McRae in the early '60s
  • Billboard notes that "Brubeck teams up with canary Carmen McRae on this package and the results are eminently tasteful and listenable".
  • Every reviewer on Amazon for this album (on CD of course) gave it Five Stars - how often does that happen?
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1901_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one, this early stereo pressing is a knockout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Ella is rich, Tubey Magical and breathy - this is the way she should sound, and that makes this copy a true Demo Disc
  • To get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy is the trick, and these two sides pulled it off
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...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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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This original Blue and Green Reprise Label pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Frank Sinatra
Sings... of Love and Things

  (Item #: sinatsings_of_love_1912) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Two outstanding sides each earning Double Plus (A++) grades, and playing about as quietly as any early Rainbow Label Capitol stereo pressing can
  • This Capitol LP has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from the later reissues, which, to our way of thinking, are not worth buying at any price. It gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is standing right in front of you, and that's exactly the way we like to hear him
  • Somehow the man managed to record and release six studio albums in 1962, with this compilation making a total of seven for the year. Even more remarkable, all seven of them made the Top Ten of the pop charts
  • The music is excellent, as one can see from the track listing. It's hard to go wrong with these later Capitol Sinatra records. They're almost always a fun listen
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Tony Bennett
I Wanna Be Around...

  (Item #: benneiwann_1912) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout
  • This is an excellent vintage 360 stereo pressing, with the all important midrange magic that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "As the studio album followup to Tony Bennett's breakthrough record, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, I Wanna Be Around had a lot to live up to, but since San Francisco was a culmination of Bennett's development, and not a fluke, I Wanna Be Around turned out to be almost on a par with its predecessor... A worthy successor."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1902_4_8_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Ella's superb follow-up to Clap Hands boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • What took us by surprise was the richness and sweetness of this early stereo Verve - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals of this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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June Christy
Fair And Warmer!

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER from the first note to the last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear just how good an All Tube Capitol recording, in mono, from 1957 can sound, this record is guaranteed to do the trick
  • All the top West Coast Cool School jazz vets are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • "... the cool-toned singer is the main star. Highlights include a definitive "I Want to Be Happy," "Imagination," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "It's Always You." All of June Christy's Capitol dates are well worth picking up."
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Willie Nelson
Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_1911_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this exceptionally well-recorded album, this early Columbia 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 (which is exactly what is missing from the awful Classic Records reissue)
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_along_1911) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades
  • These vintage stereo sides are As Good As It Gets -- rich, smooth and full-bodied with wonderfully present vocals and all of the Tubey Magic that's missing from most copies
  • This album is very tough to come by in stereo in anything but beat condition, let alone with this kind of sound
  • "Twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things ever recorded!"
  • "Recorded with Billy May, Sinatra Swings was Frank Sinatra's first straight swing album for Reprise Records. In terms of content and approach, the record is remarkably similar to his final Capitol swing effort, Come Swing with Me."
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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1812_7_11) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This superb pressing of Sinatra's 1965 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • Superb Tubey Magical mid-'60s Sinatra sound which was recorded in various sessions from 1961 to 1965
  • The sound on this original Reprise LP is richer, fuller and, importantly, SMOOTHER than the other pressings we played
  • "When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper "Luck Be a Lady," the results are pretty spectacular..."
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Linda Ronstadt
What’s New

  (Item #: ronstwhats_1907_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent sides, each earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades, making this one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • Big and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end and a tonally correct and fairly natural sounding Linda, this is the way to hear it
  • What engineer George Massenburg gets right is the sound of an orchestra, augmented with jazz musicians (Ray Brown, Tommy Tedesco, Plas Johnson, Bob Cooper), all performing live in a huge studio
  • "...the best and most serious attempt to rehabilitate an idea of pop that Beatlemania... undid in the mid-60's."
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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_along_1808_7_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing fairly quietly
  • These vintage stereo sides are rich, smooth and full-bodied with much of the Tubey Magic that's missing from most copies
  • This album is very tough to come by in stereo in anything but beat condition, let alone with this kind of sound
  • "Twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things ever recorded!"
  • "Recorded with Billy May, Sinatra Swings was Frank Sinatra's first straight swing album for Reprise Records. In terms of content and approach, the record is remarkably similar to his final Capitol swing effort, Come Swing with Me."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1911) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This early Black Print 360 Stereo Columbia impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington had truly mastered
  • A lovely 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 going to be hard to beat
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1909_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar 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?"
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Linda Ronstadt
For Sentimental Reasons

  (Item #: ronstforse_1908_11ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy of Ronstadt's 1986 release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from the first note to the last
  • Linda is fuller, sweeter, breathier, less spitty (some tracks more than others) and just plain less artificial here than on most of the other pressings we played
  • The final installment of the jazz trilogy that Ronstadt recorded with bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle
  • "... it is in the hushed intensity of Mr. Riddle's string arrangements for the album's ballads that one senses a musician reaching deeply into his soul to make eloquent final statements... The arrangements' emotional gravity reverberates in Miss Ronstadt's singing..."
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Sarah Vaughan
Golden Hits

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812_7_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly dynamic on both sides - this pressing lets you hear The Divine One when she really was that good
  • The best sounding copies are the ones that put Sarah right in front of you - the average copy with its typically veiled vocal can't create the illusion that there is living, breathing person between the speakers the way this one can
  • This is Sarah in her prime, presenting the listener with an especially good overview of her best Mercury recordings from 1954-58
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Fran

  (Item #: benneileft_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This 360 copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound, rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite recording digs (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year (not bad!)
  • "From here on until the world changed again toward the late '60s, Bennett would not have to feel that he had to compromise his art for popularity, making up-tempo singles while longing to do ballads and swing material instead. I Left My Heart In San Francisco, a gold-selling Top Ten hit that stayed in the charts almost three years, demonstrated that he could have it all."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • On this superb 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
  • "...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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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Russell Garcia's orchestral arrangements and Louis Armstrong's sublime interpretations of The Great American Songbook are a match made in heaven
  • Classic Records remastered this title back in their heyday, but if you have any doubts that our Hot Stamper will murder it we encourage you to do the shootout for yourself
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Armstrong finds the essence of each tune, bending and projecting them with his patented joie de vivre and gravel-voiced warmth every time."
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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Reunion

  (Item #: armstgreat_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of this 1963 collaboration, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers, with rich, smooth sound
  • We remember the Classic pressing as being a very good sounding record but make no mistake, this is a GREAT sounding one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_2_1908_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that might just take your breath away
  • 5 stars: "With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular." - All Music (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
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Johnny Mathis
Johnny's Newest Hits

  (Item #: mathijohnn_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early Columbia 360 pressing of Johnny's Newest Hits (hey, they were new in 1963!) boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The best copies demonstrate the big-as-life early Columbia Sound at its best - full-bodied and warm yet clear, lively and dynamic
  • Both sides here are clean and present with wonderfully full strings and rich vocals
  • "...a collection of his 'latest hits, the ones that brought him back to the singles charts.'"
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June Christy
June's Got Rhythm

  (Item #: chrisjunes_1905_10) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A KILLER Capitol Mono pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Just listen to the piano on Gypsy In My Soul - it’s rich, warm and full-bodied. You’ll never hear an RVG recording with a piano that sounds like that!
  • Musically this album is right up there with the best we know, the creme de la creme of female vocal recordings
  • 4 stars: "Christy excels on a jazz-oriented set... Her versions of such songs as "I'm Glad There Is You," "My One and Only Love," "When Lights Are Low" and "Blue Moon" are tasteful, sincere and often quite memorable."
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Living Stereo pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one and three, and superb Double Plus (A++) sound on sides two and four
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • HP made his reputation bringing this kind of live-in-your-listening-room record 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two insanely good sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it, this original Bow Tie Verve Stereo pressing was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, 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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Tony Bennett
I've Gotta Be Me

  (Item #: benneivego_1906_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for this Columbia 360 Stereo pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here wonderfully rich, full-bodied, and as Tubey Magical as you would expect from Columbia in 1969
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico, the man who recorded I Left My Heart In San Francisco and Sketches of Spain, among others
  • Tony Bennett was in fine form and still able to sing the hell out of these songs in 1969 - when you hear the quality of his voice on this very album you will perhaps appreciate the toll this century has taken on him
  • Vintage record guys with top quality turntables - like us - get to hear Tony the way he should be heard, with his voice at the peak of its powers
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Billie Holiday
The First Verve Sessions

  (Item #: holidfirst_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • All four sides here are clear and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals and the kind of vintage analog sound you won't hear from any modern reissue or CD, that's for sure
  • This double LP set captures some of Billie's best music from the years 1952 to 1954 and features Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Flip Phillips, Freddie Green, Charlie Shavers and more
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The Ames Brothers
The Blend and the Beat

  (Item #: amesbblend_1904_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning a solid Double Plus (A++) for sound or BETTER - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With Tubey Magical Stereoscopic presentation like you will not believe, this copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good the All Tube Analog Recording Chain was that created the magic of Living Stereo for RCA in 1960, this killer pressing might just be the record that can do it
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: sinatsings_of_love_1907_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808_4_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this original "Bow Tie" Verve Stereo pressing is going to be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, 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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Peggy Lee
In Love Again!

  (Item #: lee__inlov_1904_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • KILLER sound for this original Capitol Rainbow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • This vintage Capitol stereo pressing is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical - we're talking All Tube Analog from 1963 after all - with relatively sweet, breathy vocals
  • Stick with stereo on this album. The Mono pressings -- at least the ones we've played -- aren't worth anybody's time (scratch that: any audiophile's time)
  • "... 12 quality performances from a highly identifiable singer who is not shy about taking other people's material and re-imagining it or about coming up with her own vehicles."
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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
  • Huge amounts of three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording from 1958 shows how amazing Columbia's engineers were back then (not to mention the All Tube Chain technology they employed)
  • 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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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl on side one too
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar 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?"
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Billie Holiday
Stormy Blues

  (Item #: holidstorm_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding throughout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other three sides
  • All four sides here have intimate, relaxed, breathy vocals - the only way to hear Lady Day in her prime sounding the way she should
  • This double LP set captures Billie from 1954-1955 and features Benny Carter, Jimmy Rowles, Tony Scott, Harry Edison, Chico Hamilton and other jazz greats
  • "The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_mono_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

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

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER 2-pack boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's incredibly rich, full and tubey throughout, as Ray tackles both big band classics and string-backed ballads from the Great American Songbook, all with truly magical results
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early Verve stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same LP, but these sides pull that trick off nicely
  • 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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Sinatra / Basie
It Might As Well Be Swing

  (Item #: sinatitmig_1907_10_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These side are out of this world -- big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals
  • "It Might as Well Be Swing, was a more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album... , what makes [it] more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. On their previous collaboration, both Sinatra and Basie sounded a bit worn out, but throughout this record they play with energy and vigor."
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1810_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Finally, here is the right sound for these acclaimed songs you know well, classics such as You Are My Sunshine; Your Cheating Heart; Oh, Lonesome Me, and nine more
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor … the miracle is that Charles' hurt, tortured, soulfully twisting voice transforms the backgrounds as well as the material; you believe what he's singing."
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Jimmy Witherspoon
Handbags and Gladrags

  (Item #: withehandb_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super big, rich and lively with tons of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
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Barbra Streisand
People

  (Item #: streipeopl_1905_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy of Streisand's fourth solo studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Barbra Streisand returned to form on her fourth album, People, with a selection of songs that showed some of the imagination of her debut album... it was a definite improvement over the second and third albums. (People won Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Performance and Best Album Cover.)"
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Ray Charles
Sweet & Sour Tears

  (Item #: charlsweet_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Shootout Winning 1964 pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for a vintage Ray Charles record (!)
  • This stereo pressing is the only way to hear these classic songs sound rich, powerful and free from coloration
  • A concept album filled with an eclectic collection of themed music, this release showcases Charles' innovative approach to recording
  • "...One is almost tempted to think that Charles was toying with audience expectations by mixing unabashedly sentimental slow tunes with the far more bluesy, satisfying, and upbeat numbers, such as his surprisingly brassy, punchy treatment of "Cry Me a River.""
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