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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1901) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This later black label pressing boasts stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one, two and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on side three
  • 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_1901_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • 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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Ray Charles
Genius + Soul = Jazz

  (Item #: charlgeniu_1808_1810) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides and Count Basie backing up The Genius himself, this copy is As Good As It Gets!
  • Most of this album is Ray stretching out with "some pretty mean and lean, cut-to-the-heart-of-the-matter B-3 Hammond organ licks."
  • Big and rich, clear and Tubey Magical, the 1962 sound of this vintage stereo pressing is just right; quiet vinyl too!
  • Allmusic notes: "...one of those instrumentals, a cover of the Clovers' "One Mint Julep," would give Charles one of his most unpredictable (and best) early-'60s hits."
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1812x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this original stereo pressing blew away practically every copy in our shootout
  • 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 both sides
  • "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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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1805_1812) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • One of the few copies to ever hit the site and boy is it KILLER, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • It's incredibly rich, full and tubey, especially on side two wherein Ray tackles some ballads from the Great American Songbook, 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."
  • "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1901_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding 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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Julie London
Julie... At Home

  (Item #: londojulie_at_home_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This mono Liberty pressing from 1960 was one of the better copies from our recent shootout with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Julie is in the room with you, and it's not just because this pressing is so good - the album was actually recorded in her own living room!
  • John Kraus (Julie Is Her Name) engineered brilliantly once again, and the wonderfully relaxed Al Viola is back on guitar
  • 4 Stars: "Julie...At Home finds the vocalist comfortably in front of a small jazz combo highlighted by vibraphonist Emil Richards and guitarist Al Viola. The sessions seem relaxed and casual, often with the lyrics slyly slipping from London's lips, at once sophisticated and sensual."
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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open with excellent bass
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • "Recorded on Sinatra's birthday in 1967, 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." - Amazon
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Frank Sinatra
September Of My Years

  (Item #: sinatsepte_1901_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Insanely good shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish!
  • 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
  • We're discounting this one by $100 due to a mark on side two (see below)
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An insanely good sounding original pressing with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout (especially on the second side) - the sound is big, full, lively and spacious with energy to spare
  • Russell Garcia's orchestral arrangements and Louis Armstrong's sublime interpretations of The Great American Songbook are a match made in heaven
  • "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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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for all four sides of this Ella & Louis classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding original copy earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides
  • With clear, open sound and breathy vocals, this pressing brings the Chairman of the Board to life in your listening room
  • Sinatra and Jobim are magical here - this is one of our favorite Male Vocal albums
  • 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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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding original Liberty Turquoise mono pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate 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 quieter
  • "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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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_nat_king_cole_sings_1808_1901) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on this wonderful Capitol collaboration from 1962 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Two masters came together to create wonderful performances of timeless standards, 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 could be on an 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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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Ray's 1959 All Tube Tom Dowd engineered recording, earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades from start to finish
  • The presentation is rich, full and Tubey Magical, with the kind of big, lively, swinging sound that lets this music come alive in your listening room
  • 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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Roy Orbison
The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison

  (Item #: orbisallti_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This killer copy boasts superb Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides
  • The phenomenally talented Bill Porter recorded many of Orbison's classic songs from the early '60s that are found on this compilation
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead on correct tonality - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... no one conveys pain and longing more sublimely or succinctly than Roy Orbison. But his songs are also masterpieces of production: so technically precise that his deceptively simple tunes and lush melodies flow even more smoothly behind his desperate baritone croon and quivering falsetto."
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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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 most of the other pressings we played
  • Allmusic: "When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper "Luck Be a Lady," the results are pretty spectacular..."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings Cole Porter

  (Item #: fitzgsings_porter_1901_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for all four sides, this glorious 1956 mono recording is superb from first note to last
  • Full-bodied, musical, and smooth, with surprisingly spacious orchestral staging - this is just the right sound for this album and especially this kind of music
  • "The combination of Ella and Porter is irresistible and whether up-tempo or down-tempo, Ella’s three-octave range voice soars effortlessly as she makes each song come to life. It was all helped by the cream of L.A. session men and Buddy Bregman’s arrangement that oozes sophistication way beyond his twenty-four years. It is a perfect record." - Richard Havers
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_1901_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • 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 on both sides of this pressing always sounds natural even at its loudest - no mean feat of recording
  • "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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Marty Robbins
Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

  (Item #: robbigunfi_1901) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this Six-Eye Columbia pressing was one of the better sounding copies from our most recent shootout
  • The sound here is amazingly clear and open, superior to most in that regard, with fairly smooth and rich vocals to boot
  • Is the original Six Eye stereo the only way to go on this record? We discuss the subject in detail below
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The single most influential album of Western songs in post-World War II American music. The longevity of the album's appeal is a result of Marty Robbins' love of the repertory at hand and the mix of his youthful dynamism and prodigious talent..."
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1810x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades for sound on both sides, nearly as good as our Shootout Winner!
  • 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 - if you can find a copy in the bins that plays this quiet, count your lucky stars
  • "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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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1802_1901) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $40.99 / 24%)


  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and exceptionally 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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A lovely early '60s pressing of this audiophile favorite, with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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 (on Analogue Productions vinyl too) this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • Allmusic raves: "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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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this exceptionally quiet vintage stereo pressing - it's the first truly killer copy 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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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Ray Charles
The Best Of

  (Item #: charlbesto_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An amazing sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Like any compilation the sound varies from track to track, but most of the material here sounds WONDERFUL
  • This collection of instrumentals gives you a taste of Ray's prowess at the piano, with surprisingly good sound to boot
  • All these recordings are from the late 50s, including a live performance from the Newport Jazz Festival
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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Reunion

  (Item #: armstgreat_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A very good sounding copy, with both sides earning excellent Hot Stamper grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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 much better 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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Sinatra & Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding 2 LP set on the original Green and Blue Reprise label boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound througout
  • 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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Bennett & Evans
The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

  (Item #: benneevans_1901_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful original pressing of this classic collaboration: Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • This album, one of our best Hot Stamper pressings, ranks near the top of the All Time Great Male Vocal Recordings
  • Waltz for Debby is the best thing here. You want to hear the Bennett-Evans Magic? Go right to that track
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "One of the best albums of either's career."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1804_1810) 

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


  • 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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Count Basie & Joe Williams
Memories Ad-Lib

  (Item #: basiememor_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Doulbe Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • This is one of the few Joe Williams records we've been able to find with audiophile sound and surfaces - it's taken us years to get even one shootout going, but it produced this great copy, so we think it was worth it!
  • "Williams' vocals seem effortless throughout the date... highlights include the easygoing swinger "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)" and a foot-tapping "Honeysuckle Rose." - All Music
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Dean Martin
This Time I'm Swingin'

  (Item #: martithist_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy that lets this music swing the way it's supposed to - solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides are wonderful with big, full and Tubey Magical sound -- Deano's vocals are Right On The Money
  • With Nelson Riddle arranging, 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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Della Reese
Della

  (Item #: reesedella_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this wonderful copy of Della
  • The sound here is clean, clear, open and lively with a lovely musical quality that's missing from most of what we played
  • Plays pretty darn quiet throughout for an RCA Living Stereo from 1960 - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Recorded in 1959, this excellent album finds Reese backed by an orchestra that Neal Hefti arranged and conducted." - All Music
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1804_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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 LP, but these sides pull that trick off nicely
  • This early Verve stereo pressing plays exceptionally quietly for a vintage Ella disc - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides!
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_1801_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this stereo 2-pack have outstanding sound, with a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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 - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1708_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • One of the better copies of this top quality recording to hit the site, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • Outstanding size and weight with rich, clear brass and good space up top, thanks to Lee Herschberg's engineering skills
  • "... 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
September Of My Years

  (Item #: sinatsepte_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better we played in our recent shootout
  • Both sides are exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - just wonderful
  • A Demo Quality Tubey Magical recording, but it only sounds that way on the best Blue Green original Reprise 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
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinat_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration
  • Tubey, warm and smooth, with an extended top and bottom, the louder you play this record the better it sounds
  • "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound
  • It's clearly one of the best sounding Reprise-era Sinatra albums we know of - it might even be THE best
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) grade and playing fairly quietly
  • Both sides here are rich, smooth and full-bodied with much of the Tubey Magic that's missing from the average copy
  • 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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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1901_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Johnny Mathis
Heavenly

  (Item #: mathiheave_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two excellent sides, each rating a solid Double Plus (A++), this original 6 Eye stereo pressing is one of the better sounding copies we've heard
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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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June Christy
Gone For The Day

  (Item #: chrisgonef_1805_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this Capitol Turquoise label original will be very hard to beat
  • This 1957 mono has all the TUBEY MAGIC these vintage Capitol pressings are famous for - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's balanced and natural, with the kind of rich, full-bodied sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • Allmusic reviewers give it Four Stars and we would give it at least that many - we love the unique sound of June Christy's breathy, sweet voice
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Mel Torme
Swings Shubert Alley

  (Item #: tormeswing_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Both sides of this Mel Torme vintage masterpiece boast Double Plus (A++) grades for their excellent sound quality and play quietly to boot
  • One of our all-time favorite Male Vocal albums - exceptionally well recorded and just about mindblowing on a copy like this
  • Big and spacious with amazing richness and warmth, this is a Vocal Demo Disc like few others - Mel is magnificent
  • 5 stars: "The overall mood... is unrestrained enthusiasm, and it makes for an excellent record."
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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them for sound on both sides
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records -- both 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
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • These sides are super big and full-bodied with lots of energy and a nice extended top end
  • "The high points are very high -- "Busted," his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles..." - All Music
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Roy Orbison
Orbisongs

  (Item #: orbisorbis_songs_1812_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides
  • This superb pressing is especially Analog Sounding - lively, warm, with rich bass and breathy, clear vocals
  • Features one of Orbison's greatest legacies, "Oh, Pretty Woman," in stereo no less, and it sounds incredible here
  • While this isn't the quietest copy we've ever heard, it's clearly the best sounding - nothing in our shootout could touch it
  • "...every track is strong and showcases Orbison's immense talent both as a vocalist and a songwriter of effective and poignant lyrics... if you are looking at Orbison at his best you need look no further."
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Sam Cooke
Hits of the '50s

  (Item #: cookehitso_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A vintage Living Stereo recording that's rarely available on the site, this Sam Cooke LP boasts outstanding 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 album 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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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays

  (Item #: davissammy_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish -- this copy is truly a Demo Disc for vocal reproduction
  • One of the most emotionally rich and sublimely enjoyable collections of romantic ballads ever recorded
  • The sound here is rich and tubey with incredible immediacy; unquestionably one of the better Sammy Davis Jr. albums we have ever played
  • "The intimacy inherent in this collection places 1966's Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays in a class unto itself." - All Music
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Sarah Vaughan
Golden Hits

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Only the second copy to hit the site in over a year, with breathy, natural vocal reproduction full of presence and texture
  • Surprisingly dynamic on both sides - this is Sarah in her prime
  • A good overview of her best Mercury recordings, dating from 1954-58
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Elvis Presley
On Stage February 1970

  (Item #: preslonsta_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With an amazing Shootout Winning 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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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1809_1901) 

Our Price: $129.99
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  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a killer copy of one of Billie's best - exceptionally quiet vinyl 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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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This 360 Stereo LP 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802_1901) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl considering the age of these records
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release - this is the glorious sound of ALL TUBE ANALOG
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts solid Double 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
  • 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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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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
  • "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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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours

  (Item #: vaughafter_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy of After Hours put the living, breathing Divine One right between our speakers
  • With simple arrangements, featuring Mundell Lowe's guitar and George Duvivier's double bass, Vaughan's soulful voice can take center stage
  • This copy was pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl - it plays as quietly as any copy we have ever heard
  • "...a quiet and intimate affair, with Vaughan more subtle than she sometimes was... some fine jazz singing."
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Willie Nelson
The Troublemaker

  (Item #: nelsotroub_1808) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound 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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June Christy
The Misty Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrismisty_1805_1812) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this original Turquoise Label Capitol Mono LP with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are rich, sweet and Tubey Magical, with Miss Christy's breathy vocals nicely staged front and center
  • 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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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1901) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound with a rating of Double Plus (A++) or close to it 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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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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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1802_1809) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • 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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Nat King Cole
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: cole_myfai_1705_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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 has got 'em
  • "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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Dean Martin
Dream With Dean

  (Item #: martidream_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This hard-to-find Dean Martin Classic returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • One of our all-time favorite male vocal LPs - the sound on both sides is both warm and natural, with excellent presence and transparency
  • These are almost impossible to find in playable condition these days (and even this one is not as quiet as we would like)
  • "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." - Allmusic
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Elvis Presley
Pot Luck

  (Item #: preslpotlu_1803_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing did very well in our shootout, earning sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) or 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
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1802_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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 Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for the heavy-on-the-brass 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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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra '65

  (Item #: sinatsinat65_1711_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for 'Ol Blue Eyes and his backing band, first note to last
  • Both sides here are rich, full and lively with wonderfully present vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1710_1807) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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_1709_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a huge step up over most pressings - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite Nilsson releases (although we admit to being biased; we're huge fans) - it's truly the Ultimate latter-day standards album
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album for its wonderfully natural vocal and orchestral reproduction
  • Nilsson was nearly a decade ahead of Linda Ronstadt in hiring a conductor/arranger of the pre-rock era and recording an album of standards before a full orchestra. And he did it better than most, proving to be a marvelous interpreter of songs like "What'll I Do?" and "Makin' Whoopee!" His version of "As Time Goes By" became a minor hit.
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Lou Rawls
Live!

  (Item #: rawlslive_1712_1808) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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The Righteous Brothers
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

  (Item #: rightyouve_1812_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this outstanding copy
  • You will not believe how SOLID and PRESENT the "brothers" are on this pressing - we've rarely heard them sound this good
  • The vinyl is not as quiet as we would like, but where exactly can you find a vintage copy of this album with vinyl that's quiet?
  • According to music writer Robert Palmer, the effect of the technique used was to create a sound that was "deliberately blurry, atmospheric, and of course huge; Wagnerian rock 'n' roll with all the trimmings."
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Tony Bennett
For Once In My Life

  (Item #: benneforon_1804_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both of these early stereo sides
  • 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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Elvis Presley
On Stage February 1970

  (Item #: preslonsta_1711x) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this original RCA Orange Label copy was one of the best we heard in our shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Louis Armstrong
The Essential Louis Armstrong

  (Item #: armstessen_1812) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • 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."
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • 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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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1712_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1710_1809) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Point of No Return

  (Item #: sinatpoint_1809) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This vintage stereo pressing of Sinatra's 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus Minus on both sides (with two issues, 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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June Christy
Gone For The Day

  (Item #: chrisgonef_1804_1807) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This very good sounding original Turquoise Capitol pressing boasts Hot Stampers on both sides
  • Musically, this album is right up there with the best female vocal records we have ever played
  • The best of these original monos from 1957 have 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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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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Lou Rawls
Carryin' On!

  (Item #: rawlscarry_1803_1807) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1801) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • 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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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1803) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • 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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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1710x) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1803) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • This pressing boasts very respectable Hot Stamper sound from first note to last
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - on the best pressings, he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Recorded on Sinatra's birthday in 1967, 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." - Amazon
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Harry Nilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssalitt_1611_1810) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • Wonderfully warm and relaxed sound on both sides of this Hot Stamper pressing
  • A Top 100 Album and one of our favorite Nilsson releases - it's The Ultimate album of latter-day standards
  • "Nilsson was nearly a decade ahead of Linda Ronstadt and other nouveau crooners in hiring a conductor/arranger of the pre-rock era (in this case Gordon Jenkins) and recording an album of standards before a full orchestra. And he did it better than most, proving to be a marvelous interpreter of songs like "What'll I Do?" and "Makin' Whoopee!" His version of "As Time Goes By" became a minor hit."
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June Christy
The Intimate Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrisintim_1802) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this original MONO copy will be hard to beat
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing June Christy in an intimate setting, this early pressing is the only way to go
  • The vinyl has some issues, so those looking for copies in top playing condition may want to look elsewhere
  • "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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Aretha Franklin - Laughing On The Outside

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: franklaugh_2011) 



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

This Minty Original looking Columbia Two Eye Demo LP from 1963 has WONDERFUL sound. It’s sweet and spacious, and the vinyl plays quietly. I don’t think you could find either a better sounding copy of this record.

Aretha's records for Columbia feature a more pop-oriented sound than her later works. This is a great record for those interested in checking out the early roots of one of the greatest singers of all time!

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Astrud Gilberto - The Astrud Gilberto Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: gilbeastru_2011) 



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

This Minty looking Verve LP has DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND. It’s airy, open and spacious with a big wide soundfield and excellent clarity. The sound is smooth and sweet with wonderfully textured strings and a killer top end. Sonically this copy is Right On The Money (ROTM) and I can’t imagine it sounding a whole lot better than it does here.

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Astrud Gilberto - The Astrud Gilberto Album

Skip the Mono

  (Item #: gilbeastru_mono) 



Sonic Grade: F

A great sounding record in stereo, potentially anyway, but in mono the bad sound puts it firmly in our Hall of Shame.

Stick with stereo; the MONO pressings aren't worth anybody's time (scratch that: any audiophile's time).

Yet another public service from your record loving audiophile friends here at Better Records.

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Astrud Gilberto - The Shadow Of Your Smile

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: gilbeshado_2017) 



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

The space is HUGE and the sound so rich. The vocals have dramatically less hardness and the orchestra sounds right for once. Prodigious amounts of Tubey Magic as well, which is key to the best sounding copies. The sound needs weight, warmth and tubes or you might as well be playing a CD.

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Astrud Gilberto / Walter Wanderley - A Certain Sadness...

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: gilbeacert_2010) 



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

LOVELY SOUND AND EXCELLENT MUSIC on this unusually quiet, exceptionally good sounding Verve T-Label LP. We compiled enough of these to do a shootout and this was one of the better copies, earning A++ grades for both sides. It's full of energy with big time immediacy and wonderfully breathy female vocals. The organ sounds gorgeous!

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Barbra Streisand - Guilty

CBS Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: streiguilt_cbs_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

We had two copies of the CBS Half-Speed in stock, and having just done a big shootout for the album, we decided to play them to see how they stood up against The Real Thing, the real thing in this case being a pretty common pressing: a plain old Columbia original.

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