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Ry Cooder
Jazz

  (Item #: coodejazz_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Off the charts sound for this classic Ry Cooder album - both sides earned our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++)
  • These are the stampers that always win our shootouts, and when you hear them you will know why - the sound is big, rich and clear
  • A one-time TAS List Super Disc that proves its worth on this Shootout Winning copy
  • "The complexity of the material on Jazz, as well as the arrangements by Joseph Byrd, dictate that this is Cooder's most polished and orchestrated effort to date." -- Allmusic
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Ry Cooder
Into the Purple Valley

  (Item #: coodeintot_1905_9ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the best to hit the site in many years
  • Note how naturally and correctly everything is arranged and presented on these brilliant '70s releases - thanks Lee Herschberg!
  • "With an emphasis on eclecticism, intricate syncopations and dazzling slide guitar and mandolin work, Ry Cooder’s “Into The Purple Valley” remains one of the artist’s most intriguing and influential albums"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "'Phenomenal' is the descriptive word to describe his playing, whether it is on guitar, Hawaiian "slack key" guitar, mandolin, or the more arcane instruments he has found. This is a must for those who love instrumental virtuosity, authentic reworkings of an era, or just plain good music."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Ry Cooder
Jazz

  (Item #: coodejazz_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the best we've heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • These are the stampers that always win our shootouts, and when you hear the big, rich, clear sound of this pressing, you will know why
  • The Audiophile Pressings of this album are a disgrace - THIS is the way it should sound I tell you!
  • "Beginning with his self-titled debut in 1970, Ry Cooder's records seemed to be as much history lesson as they were entertainment. Not because Cooder was trying to club you over the head with this stuff; he simply gravitated to great songs, no matter what the era or genre. Here he pays homage to some of the early tunes and masters of jazz... "
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Ry Cooder
Paradise and Lunch

  (Item #: coodeparad_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A STUNNING pressing with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • You'll feel like you are right in the studio with Ry and his top-notch crew as they kick out the jams, the sound is so present, rich, full-bodied and transparent
  • I can’t think of another Ry Cooder album with such consistently good material, or better sound
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Like his three previous records, Paradise and Lunch is filled with treasures which become part of a world where eras and styles converge without ever sounding forced or contrived... Eclectic, intelligent, and thoroughly entertaining, Paradise and Lunch remains Ry Cooder's masterpiece."
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Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder

  (Item #: cooderycoo_1903_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage Reprise pressing of Cooder's debut album from 1970 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear the brilliant Lee Herschberg's All Analog Recording skills brought to bear on so many different instruments serving an assortment of sonic textures, this is the copy that will let you do it
  • 4 stars: "Cooder's debut creates an intriguing fusion of blues, folk, rock & roll, and pop, filtered through his own intricate, syncopated guitar; Van Dyke Parks and Lenny Waronker's idiosyncratic production... Cooder puts this unique blend across with a combination of terrific songs, virtuosic playing, and quirky, yet imaginative, arrangements."
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Super Hot Stamper

Ry Cooder
Chicken Skin Music

  (Item #: coodechick_1812_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb copy of Roy Cooder's 1976 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is that live-in-the-studio quality that we rave about, on this very copy
  • The exceptional transparency and resolution let you appreciate even the most subtle details of the unusually wide variety of instruments Ry and his bandmates play
  • 4 stars: "As he explains in the album's liner notes, Cooder understands the connection between these seemingly disparate styles. This is not merely eclecticism for its own sake. Chicken Skin Music is probably Ry Cooder's most eccentric record since his first, but it's also one of his most entertaining."
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Ry Cooder
Into the Purple Valley

  (Item #: coodeintot_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy of Cooder's sophomore release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Note how naturally and correctly everything is arranged and presented on these brilliant '70s releases
  • "With an emphasis on eclecticism, intricate syncopations and dazzling slide guitar and mandolin work, Ry Cooder’s “Into The Purple Valley” remains one of the artist’s most intriguing and influential albums"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "'Phenomenal' is the descriptive word to describe his playing, whether it is on guitar, Hawaiian "slack key" guitar, mandolin, or the more arcane instruments he has found. This is a must for those who love instrumental virtuosity, authentic reworkings of an era, or just plain good music."
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Super Hot Stamper

Ry Cooder
Jazz

  (Item #: coodejazz_1909_2) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This superb copy of Ry Cooder's classic 1978 release earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a noticeable step up over many of the copies we played
  • The Audiophile Pressings of this album are a disgrace - THIS is the way it should sound
  • "The complexity of the material on Jazz, as well as the arrangements by Joseph Byrd, dictate that this is Cooder's most polished and orchestrated effort to date."
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe as Milk

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: captasafea_2007) 



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

This very nice looking Buddha reissue LP is not an audiophile recording, but of course it was never meant to be one. It reminds me quite a bit of Frank Zappa’s first album ’Freak Out.’ This copy sounds as good as any copy we’ve ever played.

And it was produced by Richard Perry way back in '67!

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Ry Cooder - Boomer’s Story

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: coodeboome_2010) 



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

This is a QUIET Reprise Tan Label LP with a good side one and a GREAT side two. It's not the best copy we've ever heard but it's a step up from most of what's out there. Side two is very natural and incredibly clean. The presence is wonderful, the top end is sweet, and the transparency is top-notch. Side one is similar but a bit smooth for our tastes.

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Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: coodechick_2010) 



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

Side two of this Reprise pressing is OUT OF THIS WORLD. From the moment the needle hit the groove we were blown away by the huge soundfield, the unbelievable presence and the massive amount of energy. It sounded like Ry and his crew were right there in the room with us, playing their hearts out. The two tracks featuring Hawaiian musicians (steel guitarist and singer Gabby Pahinui and slack key guitar master Atta Isaacs) are both on side two and they sound AMAZING on this copy.

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Ry Cooder - Into the Purple Valley

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: coodeintot_2011) 



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

TUBEY MAGICAL A+++ MASTER TAPE SOUND (and relatively quiet vinyl) ON BOTH SIDES. All of the elements you could ask for from this kind of music are here: superb clarity; amazing richness and warmth; correct tonality; serious energy and immediacy; texture to the vocals and so on. I don’t think you could do anything to these songs to make them sound any better.

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Ry Cooder - Jazz

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: coodejazz_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: D

As you probably know, the MoFi of Jazz goes for big bucks nowadays -- $500 and up. Is it worth it?

Are you kidding? It’s a nice record as far as it goes, but it suffers from the same shortcomings as just about every Mobile Fidelity pressing we take the time to play these days (with some obvious exceptions of course). We have a test pressing, and knowing that the MoFi is the standard against which many audiophiles would prefer to judge our Hot Stampers, we listened to it first before going about our comparison test.

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Ry Cooder - Jazz

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: coodejazz_2007) 



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

This is one of the BEST COPIES WE’VE EVER HEARD! We’re talking MASTER TAPE SOUND on side two, which is very open and spacious and EXCEPTIONALLY TRANSPARENT. There’s so much detail and texture, it blew us away -- and should do the same to you.

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Ry Cooder - Jazz

Transparency Is Key

  (Item #: coodejazz_wtlf) 



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

The best copies realistically convey the live-in-the-studio quality of the sound. This is a tight ensemble working at the top of their game, no surprise there; Ry surrounds himself with nothing but the best.

But the better copies have such amazingly transparent sound you can't help feeling as though you really are in the presence of live human beings You really get the sense of actual fingers plucking those guitar strings. You hear mouths blowing air through horns and woodwinds.

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Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: coodeparad_2010) 



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

This copy does almost everything you could ask for from this music -- good energy, tons of richness and clarity and lots of texture to all of the instruments. You'll feel like you are right in the studio with Ry and his top-notch crew as they kick out these fun, eccentric jams. LEE HERSCHBERG engineered this one as well as a great many others for Ry Cooder.

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Ry Cooder - Ry Cooder

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: cooderycoo_2014) 



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

The music reminds me a lot of early Little Feat, which is a good thing. The sound is somewhat similar as well, which is to say that it is natural and musical, nothing like the hyped-up hi-fi sound of his TAS-listed album Jazz -- and that's a good thing as well.

There are some great songs here, including My Old Kentucky Home, One Meat Ball and How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live. It may even be his best album.

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