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White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

  (Item #: rolliletit_1907) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • With two shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, here are the Stones at the peak of their career on a killer All Analog pressing
  • Love In Vain on a copy like this is one of the best sounding Rolling Stones songs of all time - it's Demo Quality here
  • The acoustic guitar harmonics and the rich whomp of the snare prove indisputably that Glyn Johns is one of the Greatest Rock Engineers who ever lived
  • Top 100, 5 stars - Jason McNeil of PopMatters wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are, "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made."
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White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Exile On Main Street

  (Item #: rolliexile_1905x) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one, two and three and superb Double Plus (A++) sound on the fourth side
  • This is Exile raw and real the way it should be - full-bodied and punchy with great presence and energy
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this Stones album - here is a copy that plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on all four sides
  • 5 stars: "Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock."
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White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This is one of the best copies to ever hit the site, as good as we've ever heard, Triple Plus (A+++) on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl
  • These British sides impressed us with their Tubey Magical, fairly natural sound
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sonics, but this is as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1965, the Stones finally proved themselves capable of writing classic rock singles that mined their R&B/blues roots, but updated them into a more guitar-based, thoroughly contemporary context. The first enduring Jagger-Richards classics are here..."
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White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

  (Item #: rollirolli_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • You'll find outstanding Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on this vintage pressing of The Stones' 1964 release
  • Both sides of this Red Label British Decca Mono are doing it right - they're big, rich and spacious with a huge bottom end
  • This is the real, honest sound of the early, early Stones - it is what it is, and trying to fix it will almost surely ruin what's good about it
  • "Set against the dependency on covers and the inexperienced vocalist, however, is a truly cooking and imaginative band. Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman provide a brawny frame for the intermeshing guitars of Richards and Brian Jones as the ensemble lovingly deliver some of their favourite shots of rhythm ‘n’ blues." - BBC
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Exile On Main Street

  (Item #: rolliexile_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Superb sound throughout with all four sides earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This is Exile raw and real the way Glyn Johns and the band wanted it, the way that only the best Artisan pressings have any hope of sounding
  • 5 stars: "Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

  (Item #: rolliletit_1908_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and playing on exceptionally QUIET vinyl, this is a KILLER vintage pressing showcasing the Stones at the peak of their powers
  • Unlike Sticky Fingers, this is a record we can actually find in audiophile playing condition (without having to charge a fortune for the privilege of hearing it right)
  • Love In Vain is one of the best sounding Stones songs ever recorded - the acoustic guitar harmonics and the rich whomp of the snare prove indisputably that Glyn Johns is one of the Engineering Greats
  • Top 100, 5 stars - Jason McNeil wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made." [Add Sticky Fingers to complete the trilogy.]
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White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Aftermath

  (Item #: rolliafter_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This stunning copy earned shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • Lady Jane, Under My Thumb and Mother's Little Helper are three of the best sounding tracks on side one - all are big, lively and solid here
  • Their first all-original album, 5 stars on Allmusic, and the earliest Must Own Stones album in our opinion
  • "The Rolling Stones finally delivered a set of all-original material with this LP, which also did much to define the group as the bad boys of rock & roll..."
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White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Black and Blue

  (Item #: rolliblack_1909_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible sound throughout with each side earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Hand Of Fate on side one sounds particularly good - it has the meaty Glyn Johns sound we love
  • A full-bodied, solid copy like this lets you appreciate Billy Preston's contributions on the keys - he's all over the album, a very good thing indeed
  • "Melody ought to be a tentative experiment with Billy Preston's jazzy keyboard sound. Instead, it's a triumph, Jagger's voice swooping and snaking around Preston's piano and harmonies."
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White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1906_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of the Stones' last great album with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • You aren't going to believe how hard this pressing rocks, with all the WHOMP and ENERGY you never knew was there
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good on this White Hot copy
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

  (Item #: rolliletit_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, here is a killer All Analog pressing showcasing the Stones at the peak of their Rock and Roll power
  • Unlike Sticky Fingers, this is a record we can actually find in audiophile playing condition without having to charge an arm and a leg for the privilege of hearing it right
  • Love In Vain is one of the best sounding Stones songs ever recorded - the acoustic guitar harmonics and the rich whomp of the snare prove indisputably that Glyn Johns is one of the Engineering Greats
  • Top 100, 5 stars - Jason McNeil wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made." [Add Sticky Fingers to complete the ultimate Stones Trilogy.]
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Stripped

  (Item #: rollistrip_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • All four sides are clean, clear, spacious and present with tons of bottom end weight and an energy level that's off the charts
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... they all went out and cut not merely another unplugged recap, but a live album that reprises their classic material and groove in an honorably autumnal spirit -- an album that might tell you something a decade from now. Muddy Waters would be proud." - Robert Christgau, A-
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1909) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's got weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding LPs - and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good - thanks Chris Kimsey!
  • 5 Stars: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_1907_2) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A killer vintage copy of this exceptionally well-recorded Stones album from '68, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • The long lost Tubey Magic of these early pressings has them sounding clear, rich and lively throughout
  • This is the way Beggar's Banquet should sound and it doesn't take a pair of golden ears to hear it
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones Must Own titles we prize above all others - Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed round out the trio
  • 5 stars: "Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however: 'Street Fighting Man'... was one of their most innovative singles, and 'Sympathy for the Devil'... was an image-defining epic."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

  (Item #: rollirolli_1810_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding nearly Triple Plus (A++) sound - close to our Shootout Winner - on this vintage pressing of The Stones' 1964 release
  • Both sides of this Red Label British Decca Mono are doing it right - they're big, rich and fairly tonally correct
  • This is the real, honest sound of the early, early Stones - it is what it is, and trying to fix it will almost surely ruin what's good about it
  • "The Stones’ debut knocked The Beatles from the chart summit… They were on their way." - BBC Review
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Rolling Stones
Between The Buttons

  (Item #: rollibetwe_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - one of the better copies from our recent shootout, and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • This is classic '60s Stones sound, courtesy of Dave Hassinger, working in L.A. (RCA) and London (Olympic + Pye)
  • If you're looking for the ideal combination of Tubey Magical richness and transparency, this British Decca LP in stereo is one of the few that will show it to you
  • 5 Stars - Richie Unterberger hailed it as one of the Rolling Stones' "strongest, most eclectic LPs" and, according to Robert Christgau, Between the Buttons was "among the greatest rock albums."
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet vinyl)

The Rolling Stones
Aftermath

  (Item #: rolliafter_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this copy are outstanding, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for their Tubey Magical '60s British sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Lady Jane, Under My Thumb and Mother's Little Helper are three of the best sounding tracks on side one - all are lively and solid here
  • It's ridiculously tough to find copies that sound this good and play this quietly, which is why we so rarely have them up on the site
  • Their first album made up of all original material, 5 stars on Allmusic, and the first of a string of Must Own Stones albums
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Exile On Main Street

  (Item #: rolliexile_1908_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with all four sides earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • This is Exile raw and real the way Glyn Johns and the band wanted it, the way that only the best Artisan pressings have any hope of sounding
  • 5 stars: "Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

  (Item #: rolligetye_1806_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Decca UK pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With rock and roll energy and you-are-there presence, turn it up good and loud and you will find yourself at the Stones concert of a lifetime
  • The live performances of Sympathy For The Devil, Midnight Rambler, and Honky Tonk Woman are MAGICAL from these shows - the Stones in 1970 were taking their music to a whole new level
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded during their American tour in late 1969, and centered around live versions of material from the Beggars Banquet-Let It Bleed era... Often acclaimed as one of the top live rock albums of all time..."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
No. 2

  (Item #: rollino2_1812_4_9) 

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


  • This vintage Decca pressing has outstanding sound - both sides did very well in our recent shootout, earning Double Plus (A++) grades and playing fairly quietly
  • This Mono pressing (made from the mono tapes) will show you the real, honest sound of the early, early Stones
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...[No. 2 includes] one of the group's best blues covers, their version of Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied," which wasn't released in America until 1973 and features some killer slide playing by Brian Jones."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding better sound for this album
  • These British sides impressed us -- big and full with great bass and midrange presence
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sound, but this, folks, is about as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 Stars on Allmusic: "It's all good, solid, first-rate rock & roll and R&B, with a certain developing sophistication on songs like I'm Free."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Aftermath

  (Item #: rolliafter_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Both sides of this copy are outstanding, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for their Tubey Magical '60s British sound
  • Lady Jane, Under My Thumb and Mother's Little Helper are three of the best sounding tracks on side one - all are lively and solid here
  • It's ridiculously tough to find copies that sound this good and play this quietly, which is why we so rarely have them up on the site
  • Their first album made up of all original material, 5 stars on Allmusic, and the first of a string of Must Own Stones albums
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Black and Blue

  (Item #: rolliblack_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Black and Blue, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Hand Of Fate on side one sounds particularly good - it has the meaty Glyn Johns sound we love
  • A full-bodied, solid copy like this lets you appreciate Billy Preston's contributions on the keys - he's all over the album, a very good thing indeed
  • "Melody ought to be a tentative experiment with Billy Preston's jazzy keyboard sound. Instead, it's a triumph, Jagger's voice swooping and snaking around Preston's piano and harmonies."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

  (Item #: rollirolli_1902_1908) 

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


  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this outstanding pressing of The Stones' 1964 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides of this British Decca Mono are doing it right - they're big, rich and full yet still clean, clear and lively with excellent bass
  • This is the real, honest sound of the early, early Stones
  • "The Stones’ debut knocked The Beatles from the chart summit… They were on their way." - BBC Review
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • We awarded outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades to both sides of this vintage copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album
  • It's got weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding LPs - thanks Chris Kimsey for your brilliant engineering!
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding good enough to make our Top 100 List
  • 5 Stars: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Emotional Rescue

  (Item #: rolliemoti_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of the Stones' 1980 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dance (Pt. 1) and She's So Cold sound great here, and the title track, Emotional Rescue, is every bit as good
  • An underrated Stones album -- too good to call a guilty pleasure -- and very well-recorded by Chris Kimsey
  • Maybe it's good because "Mick Jagger sounds like he’s having a great time..."
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Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue

The Stones Album You Don't Know

  (Item #: rolliemoti_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the better late-period Stones albums, in this case from 1980.

Side two of this copy ranks up there with the very best we've ever heard, earning an A+++ grade and DESTROYING our preconceived notions about the kind of sonics we might get from the ultimate copies. This one DOES IT, plain and simple. It's got serious punch down low, superb clarity, all the extension up top, and a HUGE open soundfield that lets you hear every last detail. She's So Cold sounds amazing, we've never heard it sound better.

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Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: rolliexile_2010) 



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

Another HUGE double album conquered! This shootout was a MAJOR struggle, an uphill battle all the way. Stones fans and Hot Stamper die-hards are going to flip out over this one -- here’s the Exile On Main Street you've been waiting for. You'd have to find, clean and play a ton of copies to come up with four sides that would come even close to the sound here.

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Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

What to Listen For

  (Item #: rolliexile_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

The best copies will tend to have the qualities detailed below, and the more abundant these qualities are on any given pressing, the higher its grade will be.

Yes, it is a science, an empirical one, which can only be carried out by the use of strict protocols and controls, but it sure ain't rocket science. All you need is the system, the room, the records, the time and the will to do the painstaking critical listening required to carry out the task.

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Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: rolliletit_2018) 



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

This is, IMHO, the second or third best record the Stones ever made. (Sticky Fingers is Number One, and either this or Beggar's Banquet comes in a strong second.) With this pressing we can now hear the power and the beauty of this superb recording.

Love In Vain on a copy like this is one of the best sounding Rolling Stones songs of all time. In previous listings I've mentioned how good this song sounds -- thanks to Glyn Johns, of course -- but on these amazing Hot Stamper copies it is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

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The Rolling Stones - No. 2

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: rollino2_2016) 



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

The best word I could use to sum up both the sound and the music on this record is HONEST. If you want to hear how early Rolling Stones records sound when they sound right, this is the ticket. This is the real sound of the early, early Stones.

Probably what any modern engineer would want to do to the album would only end up making it worse. It is what it is and that’s good enough for us.

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The Rolling Stones - Undercover

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: rolliunder_2018) 



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

Engineered by Chris Kimsey, if you know his work from Some Girls, Tattoo You, Frampton Comes Alive and the like, then you should have a good idea of what this album sounds like on the better copies such as this one.

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The Rolling Stones - Aftermath

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: rolliafter_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

Lady Jane, Under My Thumb and Mother's Little Helper are three of the best sounding tracks on side one -- all three are lively and solid here. On side two Out of Time and I Am Waiting are especially well recorded.

DAVE HASSINGER rightly deserves the credit for the best sounding early Stones album -- this one.

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The Rolling Stones - Aftermath

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: rolliafter_2009) 



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

What do you get on these better Decca pressings? Lots of rich, sweet, Tubey Magic. Lovely spaciousness. Fairly correct tonality. There are going to be distorted parts to some of the songs, but that distortion is on the tapes - to some degree it’s unavoidable.

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The Rolling Stones - Aftermath

Surprisingly Good Domestic Pressings Do Exist

  (Item #: rolliafter_2015) 



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

We've paired up a Double Plus (A++) copy for each side to create this Super Hot 2-pack, which is the only way we were able to find good sound for the whole album. Paint It Black is missing from the Brit version, but it's here and it sounds wonderful.

A big surprise -- domestic Super Hot Stamper sound for Aftermath! We didn't even know it was possible, but on a lark we pulled a big stack of these out of the back and played them against our best imports. We were blown away when the best domestic copies held their own and delivered some seriously good early Stones sound!

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The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: rollibegga_2014) 



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

AN AMAZING, SHOOTOUT-WINNING A+++ SIDE TWO backed with an excellent A++ side one. It is not easy to find good copies of this album -- this kind of rich, full-bodied, MUSICAL sound is the exception, not the rule. And there's actual space and extension up top as well, something you certainly don't hear on the typical pressing! This is an amazing batch of songs, and a copy like this gives it the kind of sound it deserves.

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The Rolling Stones - Between The Buttons

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: rollibetwe_2018) 



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

An insanely good pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last - one of the best copies to hit the site in many years. This is classic '60s Stones sound, courtesy of Dave Hassinger, working in L.A. (RCA) and London (Olympic + Pye). If you're looking for the ideal combination of Tubey Magical richness and transparency, this copy is one of the few that will show it to you.

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The Rolling Stones - Black and Blue

Listen to Billy Preston's Piano

  (Item #: rolliblack_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

Billy Preston is all over this album on piano and organ and his contribution is crucial to the musical vibe on practically every song. Listen for Billy's full, solid, clear piano sound. When the piano is thin, the mix is thin and that's not the sound you want on a Stones album.

If the piano gets lost, your copy either has a smear problem or a transparency problem. Those are certainly easier to live with -- all the '70s systems I owned were smeary and opaque compared to my system today and I enjoyed the hell out of all of them -- but far from ideal.

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The Rolling Stones - Black and Blue

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: rolliblack_2016) 



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

This is in fact one of the better sounding "later period" (1976) Stones records we've played, that's if we're talking about the better copies of course, like this one. The best pressings however are big, open, dynamic and full-bodied, with exceptionally lively percussion. As always, credit goes to the recording engineers, Glyn Johns et al., as well as Lee Hulko at Sterling, the original mastering engineer (who's cut about as many good sounding records as anyone we can think of).

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The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: rolligetye_2011) 



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

UNBELIEVABLE! The sound on this Decca Blue Label British Import pressing went far beyond our expectations and far beyond that of any copy we played it against -- on BOTH sides. And the music? It’s the Stones at their best, baby -- we love it!

The credit must of course go to GLYN JOHNS, who happens to be one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. It's albums with sound like this that make us such big fans of his work.

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The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup

Live and Learn, A Lesson from 2011

  (Item #: rolligoats_2011) 



This is a classic case of Live and Learn.

We would agree with very little of what we had to say about Goat's Head Soup as a recording when we wrote about it back in 2011 -- and for the previous 35+ years since I first played a domestic original.

Having done a big shootout for the album in 2016 we now know there most certainly are great sounding pressings to be found, because we found some. The data are in, and now we know just how wrong we were. In our defense, let me just ask one question: Did anybody else know this record was well recorded? I can find no evidence to support anyone having ever taken such a contrarian position.

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The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: rolligoats_2016) 



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

The impossible has happened - we found a good sounding copy of Goats Head Soup, only 53 years after it was first released.

Why did it take us so long to find a killer copy? Let's just say the pressing is somewhat "off the beaten path" and leave it at that. We ran into it by accident during an attempted shootout not long ago, and it was so much better than the other records we were playing at the time that we had to postpone the shootout until we could find more of these specific pressings. It took some months but we managed to get a big pile of "happy accidents" together and the result was a gamechanging White Hot copy.

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The Rolling Stones - It’s Only Rock N’ Roll

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: rolliitson_2018) 



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

It's Only Rock 'N' Roll is no slouch if you get hold of a good one. It can be a bit gritty and grainy at times, but you gotta believe that's the sound the Stones heard in the booth and were totally cool with. Andy Johns engineered and he's made as many super-tubey, super-rich and super-smooth recordings as anybody this side of Bill Porter.

The Stones didn't want that sound this time around. The Stones wanted this sound.

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The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: rolliletit_wtlf) 



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

Love In Vain on a copy like this is one of the best sounding Rolling Stones songs of all time. In previous listings I've mentioned how good this song sounds -- thanks to Glyn Johns, of course -- but on these amazing Hot Stamper copies it is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It's also our favorite test track for side one. The first minute or so clues you into to everything that's happening in the sound.

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The Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads

Mono or Stereo?

  (Item #: rollioutof_mono) 



On this London LP, even though it says the record is electronically re-processed stereo, the songs we heard on side one were dead mono.

Here are some records that we think sound amazing in MONO.

Here are some records that we don't think sound very good in MONO.

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The Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: rollioutof_2016) 



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

This is the first truly killer copy to ever hit the site, quite possibly the best we've ever heard, A+++ on both sides. It's a problematical recording, but these British sides impressed us with their better balance, more bass, and least amount of grit and edge. With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sound, but this, folks, is about as good as it gets as far as we know.

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The Rolling Stones - Rolled Gold

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: rollirolle_2011) 



We took the best first LP and mated it to the best second LP from the set to create the overall Shootout Winner with EIGHT, count 'em, eight total pluses over the four sides! And side one was WHITE HOT. We certainly didn't expect to hear sound like that on a 1975 compilation of classic Stones hits such as this; most Stones compilations are awful sounding in our experience. Played Hot Rocks lately?

But these tracks have the potential to be taken from something very close to the real master tapes, a subject we discuss in one of our dirty little secret commentaries.

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The Rolling Stones - Some Girls

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: rollisomeg_2008) 



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

Side one is an absolute knockout -- we've never heard one like it and we don't expect to find a better one. Our standard top grade of A+++ only begins to tell the story here. No other copy we played had bass this deep and meaty, or drums so full and punchy.You aren't going to believe how hard it rocks, with all the WHOMP and ENERGY we hoped for when we began shooting out this title. The sax solo in Miss You sounds incredible -- it actually has some balls, something you just don't get with the typical pressing. The hi-hats sound incredibly natural and clear, and the vocals are Right On The Money (ROTM).

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The Rolling Stones - Some Girls

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: rollisomeg_2018) 



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

This is the Stones' last truly great album. All Music Guide gives it the same 5 star rating that they awarded Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, and Sticky Fingers. With hits like Miss You, Shattered, and Beast Of Burden it's easy to see why.

Most copies are too thin and too grainy for serious audiophile listening, but this one is a different story. It's not easy to find great sound for The Stones, so take this one home for a spin if you want to hear this band come to life in your very own listening room.

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The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: rollistick_depth) 



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

A QUICK TEST: The best copies have texture and real dynamics in the brass. The bad copies are smeared, grainy and unpleasant when the brass comes in. Toss those bad ones and start shooting out the good ones. Believe me, if you find a good one it will be worth all the work.

And don't forget to Turn Up Your Volume.

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The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: rollistick_mofi_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

The MoFi pressing of this album is a joke. It’s so compressed, lifeless, and lacking in bottom end that it would hardly interfere with even the most polite conversation at a wine tasting. I consider it one of the worst sounding versions ot the album ever made. It’s an Audiophile Record in the worst sense of the word.

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The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

Worst Version Ever!

  (Item #: rollistick_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

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

This RTI 180g copy (with the zipper cover) is one of a series of five titles Bob Ludwig cut in the ’90s. According to the man, after cutting the record he chanced upon a consumer copy and was shocked to hear how bad it sounded.

It sounded, according to him, nothing like the record he had cut. Somehow they had botched the pressings and ruined the sound. How this could happen I can’t imagine.

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The Rolling Stones - Stripped

Reviewed in 2009

  (Item #: rollistrip_2009) 



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

The best record The Rolling Stones made in the last 20 years! Superb (but very modern) sound.

All tracks recorded in performance at The Paradisco Club, Amsterdman, Holland; The Olympia Theatre, Paris, France; and rehearsals in Tokyo, Japan, Lisbon and Portugal.

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The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: rollitatto_2011) 



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

THE BEST SIDE TWO WE'VE HEARD, which means we've never heard Waiting On A Friend sound this good on any other copy! We just finished a huge shootout for this 1981 Stones album, one that the All Music Guide tags as "essential latter-day Stones". In the tradition of other late '70s / early '80s Stones albums (Some Girls, Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock And Roll), the sound is a bit raw at times, but a copy like this one gives you enough energy, body and richness to make for some very enjoyable serious listening.

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The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: rollitheir_2007) 



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

HARD ROCKIN’ STONES MAGIC AND QUIET VINYL ON BOTH SIDES! We’ve never heard another copy of this album that sounded as amazing as this one. Both sides took top honors in our shootout -- A+++ for side one, and A++ - A+++ for side two.

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