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White Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_1911) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • An insanely good 360 Label pressing of this Simon & Garfunkel classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is here is As Good As It Gets -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • The toughest Simon & Garfunkel album to find with excellent sound and reasonable surfaces -- no contest
  • 5 stars: "Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act... the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums"
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, this Columbia 360 Stereo pressing has especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
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Super Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Double Plus grades throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Super Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_1911_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding 360 Label pressing of Simon & Garfunkel's classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it - quiet vinyl (for this album) too
  • The sound is wonderful - big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • The toughest Simon & Garfunkel album to find with excellent sound and reasonable surfaces -- no contest
  • 5 stars: "Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act... the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums"
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Super Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Here is a copy with especially smooth, present, breathy vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records, and the sound that the modern reissue too often fails to capture
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Super Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

  (Item #: simonwedne_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for sound, this early 360 stereo pressing is outstanding from first note to last
  • It's clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Columbia Tubey Magic
  • You won't find this kind of transparency or clarity on the typical vintage pressing, and the red label reissues are completely hopeless
  • Their one true Folk Duo album, featuring the original version of The Sound Of Silence
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1A, or Is 1B Better?

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

  (Item #: simonparsl_fremer) 



Before we go any further, I have a question: Why are we guessing?

I received an email recently from a customer who had gone to great pains to do his own shootout for a record; in the end he came up short, with not a lot to show for his time and effort. It had this bit tucked in toward the end:

Some of [Better Records'] Hot Stampers are very dear in price and most often due to the fact that there are so few copies in near mint condition. I hate to think of all the great Hot Stampers that have ended up in piles on the floor night after night with beer, Coke, and seeds being ground into them.

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

"The Classic just doesn’t come close in terms of warmth"

  (Item #: simonbridg_testimonial) 



This letter comes from one of our best customers, our good friend Owais, who dropped us a line after he received his latest shipment of tasty Hot Stampers including a mono The Times They Are A-Changin’ and a KILLER stereo copy of Bridge Over Troubled Water.
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Our Favorite Studios (First of a Series)

Columbia 30th Street Studios

  (Item #: allcolumbia30th) 



Columbia 30th Street Studios is one of our favorite recording venues. Click on the link above to find our in-stock Hot Stamper pressings of albums recorded at that location from 1949 to 1981. The list of recordings made there stretches from West Side Story to Kind of Blue, all the way up to Pink Floyd's The Wall in 1979. (Who knew?)
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Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: simonbooke_depth) 



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

Musically side two is one of the strongest in the entire Simon and Garfunkel oeuvre (if you'll pardon my French). Each of the five songs could hold its own as a potential hit on the radio, and no filler to be found whatsoever. How many albums from 1968 can make that claim?

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Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: simonbooke_2011) 



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

TWO KILLER SIDES including a STUNNING Demo Quality A+++ side one! Bring over your audio buddies and blow their minds by dropping the needle on America -- I guarantee that they've never heard it sound like this before (unless, of course, they happen to be one of our top-shelf Hot Stamper customers already). Everything you'd hope for on a killer pressing of this album is right here on this side one, and most of it is on the A++ side two as well.

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Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends

Save the Life of My Child Is One Tough Test

  (Item #: simonbooke_wtlf) 



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

The big production songs on this album have a tendency to get congested on even the best pressings, which is not uncommon for Four Track recordings from the '60s. Those of you with properly set up high-dollar front ends should have less of a problem than some. $3000 cartridges can usually deal with this kind of complex information better than $300 ones.

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Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: simonbridg_2008) 



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

THE FIRST WHITE HOT STAMPER FOR THIS ALBUM TO EVER HIT THE SITE! We love this music, but let me tell you the truth -- this is not a shootout we ever look forward to doing. The sound of the average copy is POSITIVELY PAINFUL. If you play a couple dozen copies, you'll probably turn up a good one eventually, but you're better off letting us do that dirty work.

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Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: simonbridg_mofi_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

Pure mud. One of the worst versions ever made. (The CBS Half-Speed is actually quite good by the way.)

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Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: simonparsl_2010) 



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

TWO FREAKISHLY GOOD A+++ SIDES and quiet vinyl make this our new ALL TIME CHAMPION for this killer album! We play dozens of copies of this album every few months, but we can't recall ever hearing a copy that was as stunning on both sides as this one is. It’s got all the elements we look for on this album: superb clarity and transparency; big time immediacy; amazing tubey richness and warmth; low levels of sibilance; a delicate, silky quality to the top end; weight to the bottom -- you name it, it’s here.

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Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: simonparsl_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with specific advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Simon & Garfunkel's groundbreaking third album (from 1966 no less!).
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Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: simonsound_2010) 



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

This White Hot Stamper has AMAZING A+++ SOUND ON BOTH SIDES. It’s been ages since we’ve tried to tackle Sounds Of Silence, and with good reason -- it’s exceptionally difficult to find quiet copies with the right sound. This one is an entirely different story -- smooth, sweet and full-bodied with incredible presence.

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Simon & Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning, 3 AM

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: simonwedne_2011) 



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

SUPERB SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! The voices are PERFECTION -- breathy, delicate, and full-bodied with astonishing clarity and presence.

Side one has MASTER TAPE SOUND -- super transparent, super clean, lots of ambience, and breathtaking immediacy. It's rich, full, warm, and sweet, and the acoustic guitars are OUT OF THIS WORLD -- you can really hear the transients as the strings are plucked. The bass is deep and tight and the tonal balance is Right On The Money. We rate side one an A+++, and side two sounds nearly as amazing!

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Simon & Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning, 3 AM

The Right 360 Pressing Is King

  (Item #: simonwedne_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.

We played a big stack of copies recently and ran into all kinds of problems. Some were dull, some were spitty, many were smeared, and far too many were gritty.

The later pressings didn't solve any of these problems. In fact, none of the Red Label copies we've ever played sounded good enough on either side to merit a Hot Stamper grade. If you want good sound for this album, 360 stereo pressings seem to be the only way to go. The mono pressings we played were painfully bad.

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Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Classic Records Reviewed

  (Item #: simonbridg_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C

Not Bad, But Hot Stampers Rule

What do the best copies give you? They’re the ones with textured strings in the orchestral arrangements. The string tone on the average copy is hard and steely. (The Classic 200 gram pressing suffers from a case of slightly steely strings. Play it yourself and see.) When the strings are blasting away at the end of the title song, you want to be able to hear the texture without the strings sounding shrill and edgy. This is no mean feat, for the record or the stereo.

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Simon & Garfunkel

  (Item #: _Simon_and_Garfunkel) 


Simon and Garfunkel albums in stock

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