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White Hot Stamper

J.J. Cale
Troubadour

  (Item #: cale_troub_1901_6_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Off the charts sound for this classic JJ Cale album - both sides won our shootout, earning our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++) - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Cale fans take note: this early Shelter pressing was doing it all, and clearly doing it better than any other copy we played
  • Eric Clapton described the man as "one of the most important artists in the history of rock."
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "J.J. Cale's albums are so steeped in his introspective style that they become interchangeable. If you like one of them, chances are you'll want to have them all."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

(UK Island)

  (Item #: stevecatch_1903_10_island) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this vintage UK Island pressing is guaranteed to beat any original pressing you have ever heard, from any country - and it will beat it by a wide margin
  • The sound here is bigger, tubier, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything you've heard before
  • Many of Cat's best songs are on this one - Can't Keep It In, Angelsea, 18th Avenue, Freezing Steel and more
  • "Celebrated and adored for his sanguine lyrics and irresistible hooks, Cat Stevens was one of the rare singer-songwriters capable of composing genuinely optimistic songs that didn't leave a sappy residue in listeners' ears."
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White Hot Stamper

Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

  (Item #: cohenrecen_1809_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides AND fairly quiet vinyl - the best copy to ever hit the site bar none
  • Unbeatable richness and freedom from artificiality in the midrange allowed this one to tower over the rest of the field
  • "... a return to Cohen's acoustic folk music after the Phil Spector experimentation of Death of a Ladies' Man, but now with many jazz and Oriental influences."
  • 4 stars: "The first thing Leonard Cohen's music fans noticed about his sixth new studio album, given the typically open-ended title Recent Songs, was that, musically, it marked a return to the gypsy folk sound of his early records..."
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White Hot Stamper

Tom Waits
Foreign Affairs

  (Item #: waitsforei_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard for the album
  • This early pressing was hard to fault - it will put Tom Waits right between your speakers, with a batch of great session players behind and to the side, all playing live in the studio
  • "The album contains more ballads than most of his records do, but they were the most effective vehicles for the kind of storytelling he was trying to get to. Produced and engineered by Bones Howe, Foreign Affairs was recorded live in studio by a quintet that included West Coast jazzmen Jack Sheldon on trumpet, saxophonist Frank Vicari, bassist Jim Hughart, and drummer Shelly Manne."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1905_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing will be tough to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything you've heard before
  • This one can show you the sweeter, tubier Midrange Magic that we love about Cat Stevens recordings
  • Many of Cat's best songs are here - Can't Keep It In, Angelsea, 18th Avenue, Freezing Steel and more
  • "Celebrated and adored for his sanguine lyrics and irresistible hooks, Cat Stevens was one of the rare singer-songwriters capable of composing genuinely optimistic songs that didn't leave a sappy residue in listeners' ears."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides
  • With Double Plus (A++) grades this copy is guaranteed to have the kind of richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY you never knew was possible
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made, but he made so many with amazingly good sound, who can say?
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1906_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • Court and Spark recently joined Blue on our updated Top 100 Rock and Pop List for 2019
  • 5 stars: "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • With 10.5 pluses out of a possible 12, this copy was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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White Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb sound, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too (except for a couple of marks that play lightly)
  • What's good about ANALOG is what's good about this album - the sound is rich, warm and natural, with boatloads of Tubey Magic
  • Musically this is one of our two or three favorite Joni albums, and it's unlikely the sound of the best copies can be beat either, thanks to the brilliant engineering of Henry Lewy!
  • 5 stars: "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Super Hot Stamper

Joni Mitchell
The Hissing of Summer Lawns

  (Item #: mitchhissi_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them
  • Lots of Tubey Magic, textured synths, big bass and breathy vocals - this copy brings Joni's jazzy folky fusion to life
  • Check out the big bottom end on The Jungle Line, which features the Drummers Of Burundi
  • Who made a more original, forward looking and interesting album in 1975 than this? I can't think of anyone, can you?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records [as difficult as it is brilliant] … a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop."
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1907_3_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This import is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet)

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides and fairly quiet vinyl, this was one of the better copies of Blonde On Blonde we heard in our most recent shootout
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Super Hot Stamper (with issues)

Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Carole King's beloved Tapestry boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This killer Ode Stereo pressing is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, with note-like, clear bass
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_3) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An impressive copy of this Cat Stevens classic, with stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than almost any other copy we played
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - in some ways it's the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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White Hot Stamper (with issues)

Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1909_2) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • This import is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb pressing of Graceland offers Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These side are doing it all right -- big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals
  • Guaranteed to TROUNCE the well-reviewed but nevertheless awful Heavy Vinyl LP in every way, or your money back and the shipping is on us
  • 5 stars: "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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White Hot Stamper

Townes Van Zandt
Live At The Old Quarter

  (Item #: vanzalivea_1909_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Outstanding sound for this original Tomato LP with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides two and three and Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides
  • Rich, natural and clear, with a striking musical quality that was missing from some of the originals we played (and surely nowhere to be found on the reissues currently being made from digital copies of the forty plus year old tapes)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Van Zandt could work magic in front of an audience under the right circumstances, and while a wealth of live recordings of Van Zandt have emerged since his passing on the first day of 1997, Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas ranks with the very best of his concert albums."
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Super Hot Stamper

Jesse Colin Young
Together

  (Item #: youngtoget_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Together finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The sound here is richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Young's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find on vinyl
  • As an eclectic collection of both covers and original material, this album showcases Jesse's versatility and expansive artistic range
  • "[Young] played favorite songs from a variety of genres... Having covered those bases, Young also introduced some timely originals, such as "Peace Song," an anti-war anthem, and "Good Times," which was very reminiscent of the rustic sound Van Morrison had found recently on such albums as Tupelo Honey."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb pressing, earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides, right up there with the best we heard in our shootout all day
  • Exceptionally present, real and resolving, this pressing is guaranteed to murder any remastering undertaken by anyone at anytime, now and far into the future
  • The superbly talented musicians and engineers deserve much of the credit for making this album a Grammy Winning Must Own Audiophile Favorite
  • 4 stars: "One of the most impressive debuts for a singer/songwriter ever, this infectious mixture of styles not only features a strong collection of original songs but also a singer with a savvy, distinctive voice that can be streetwise, childlike, and sophisticated, sometimes all in the same song."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1901_7_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With Double Plus (A++) grades this copy is guaranteed to rock your world with their richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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White Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1906_9) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second, this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album will be very hard to beat
  • So transparent, open, and spacious, nuances and subtleties that escaped you are now revealed as never before
  • When you play I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light on this vintage pressing, we think you will agree with us that this is one of the greatest Folk Rock albums of them all
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan (in Stereo)

  (Item #: dylananoth_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An early 360 Label Stereo copy of this early Dylan classic with very good Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The mono pressings are superb as well, but we were surprised at just how clear and present Dylan's voice sounded on this copy
  • Many classics are here: All I Really Want To Do, Chimes Of Freedom, My Back Pages, It Ain't Me Babe and 7 more
  • 5 Stars: "Another Side of Bob Dylan is a more varied record and it's more successful, too, since it captures Dylan expanding his music, turning in imaginative, poetic performances on love songs and protest tunes alike. The result is one of his very best records, a lovely intimate affair."
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White Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1909_1) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • This import is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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Super Hot Stamper

Leonard Cohen
Live Songs

  (Item #: cohenlives_1903_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The overall sound are super rich and full-bodied with a nice bottom end and plenty of presence
  • This live album is compiled from different shows Cohen performed in 1970 and 1972
  • "... for those who've formed a friendship with the words and wisdom of Leonard Cohen, this album finds him raw and naked in one of his finest hours."
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White Hot Stamper

Jackson Browne
Late for the Sky

  (Item #: brownlatef_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Browne's third album boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Compared to every other copy in our recent shootout, this one was bigger and bolder with more Tubey Magic, clarity and separation than every other copy we played
  • Nearly impossible to find these in even decent condition with good sound these days
  • 5 stars from AMG and Rolling Stone calls it the "quintessential Browne album," saying the "... open-ended poetry achieves power from the nearly religious intensity that accumulates around the central motifs; its fervor is underscored by the sparest and hardest production to be found on any Browne album yet... as well as by his impassioned, oracular singing style."
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White Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_2) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • These KILLER sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it will rock your world with their amazing richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY
  • This Brilliant Classic Folk Rock recording on the rare British Island pink rim label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - in some ways it's the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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White Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1905_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album will be very hard to beat
  • So transparent, open, and spacious, nuances and subtleties that escaped you are now revealed as never before
  • When you play I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light on this vintage pressing, we think you will agree with us that this is one of the greatest Folk Rock albums of them all
  • These originals are nearly impossible to find in good shape - this copy has some problems but it sure sounds good!
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1909_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this is an outstanding Blood on the Tracks from start to finish
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, the sound of this album is tough to beat in Dylan's catalog
  • The better copies are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied - in other words, they are exactly what's good about vintage analog
  • 5 stars: "...it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A shootout winning copy of the only Dylan record to make our Top 100 list - this one earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) grades on the first
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, the sound of this album is tough to beat in Dylan's catalog
  • The better copies are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied - in other words, they are what's good about vintage analog
  • 5 stars: "...it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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Super Hot Stamper

Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Singer Songwriter Classic with both sides earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are big and clear, with plenty of warmth and richness befitting an all analog recording, even one from as late as 1979
  • The superbly talented musicians and engineers deserve much of the credit for turning Rickie's debut into a Must Own Audiophile Favorite (and Grammy winner too)
  • 4 stars: "One of the most impressive debuts for a singer/songwriter ever, this infectious mixture of styles not only features a strong collection of original songs but also a singer with a savvy, distinctive voice that can be streetwise, childlike, and sophisticated, sometimes all in the same song."
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Super Hot Stamper

Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

  (Item #: cohenrecen_1908_) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy of Cohen's 1979 return to form, with solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 40 year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • Our Hot Stamper pressings, of this and Cohen's other albums as well, offer dramatically more warmth, richness and smoothness than any other copy you have heard, guaranteed
  • "The first thing Leonard Cohen's music fans noticed about his sixth new studio album, given the typically open-ended title Recent Songs, was that, musically, it marked a return to the gypsy folk sound of his early records..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Jackson Browne
Late for the Sky

  (Item #: brownlatef_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Browne's third album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Compared to most pressings, this one is tubey with good size, clarity and separation
  • Nearly impossible to find these in even decent condition with good sound these days
  • 5 stars from AMG and Rolling Stone calls it the "quintessential Browne album," saying the "... open-ended poetry achieves power from the nearly religious intensity that accumulates around the central motifs; its fervor is underscored by the sparest and hardest production to be found on any Browne album yet... as well as by his impassioned, oracular singing style."
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Super Hot Stamper

Leonard Cohen
New Skin For the Old Ceremony

  (Item #: cohennewsk_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • If you're trying recreate a solid, palpable Leonard Cohen singing live in your listening room - sounding just as his did in the studio back in 1974 - these sides will let you do just that
  • "New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen's most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse -- while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen

  (Item #: cohensongs_of_leonard_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This is an outstanding vintage pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars: "The ten songs on Songs of Leonard Cohen were certainly beautifully constructed, artful in a way few (if any) other lyricists would approach for some time, but what's most striking about these songs isn't Cohen's technique, superb as it is, so much as his portraits of a world dominated by love and lust, rage and need, compassion and betrayal...few musicians have ever created a more remarkable or enduring debut."
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White Hot Stamper

Leonard Cohen
Live Songs

  (Item #: cohenlives_1908_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Incredible sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades or very close to it
  • Both sides here are out of this world -- rich, full-bodied and dynamic with a huge bottom end and wonderfully breathy and present vocals
  • This live album is compiled from different shows Cohen performed in 1970 and 1972
  • "... for those who've formed a friendship with the words and wisdom of Leonard Cohen, this album finds him raw and naked in one of his finest hours."
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Super Hot Stamper

Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark (Quiet Vinyl)

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • 5 stars: "A remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Super Hot Stamper

James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of Sweet Baby James boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Just listen to all that lovely echo - it's a dead giveaway that both sides have resolving power far beyond the other copies you may have heard
  • A Top 100 Title, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are out of this world here
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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White Hot Stamper

Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1908) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This KILLER copy of King's beloved Tapestry earned top honors -- Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Both sides are big, full and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open - you will hear that the dark veils of most copies have finally been lifted
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Leonard Cohen
New Skin For the Old Ceremony

  (Item #: cohennewsk_1908) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • If you're trying recreate a solid, palpable Leonard Cohen singing live in your listening room - sounding just as his did in the studio back in 1974 - these sides will let you do just that
  • "New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen's most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse -- while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual."
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Joni Mitchell
Song To A Seagull

  (Item #: mitchsongt_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stunning copy boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • The vocals are breathy and clear, and the overall sound is rich, full and Tubey Magical with especially lovely guitar tone
  • Our favorite early Joni Mitchell album by far - as good as her others are, this one has a special charm we can find on no other record, by Joni or anyone else
  • "What sets this release apart from those of other confession-style singer/songwriters of the time is the craft, subtlety, and evocative power of Mitchell's lyrics and harmonic style... "
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Tom Waits
Small Change

  (Item #: waitssmall_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early Asylum pressing which earned excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Recorded LIVE to 2-track by audio legend Bones Howe in 1976, no wonder the sound is so big, full-bodied, clean and clear
  • A tough record to find in the bins these days - Tom Waits still has plenty of die-hard fans here in L.A. and nobody wants to part with their copy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Small Change proves to be the archetypal album of his '70s work. A jazz trio comprising tenor sax player Lew Tabackin, bassist Jim Hughart and drummer Shelly Manne, plus an occasional string section, back Waits and his piano on songs steeped in whiskey and atmosphere..."
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Tom Waits
Small Change

  (Item #: waitssmall_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy of this Tom Waits classic with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Recorded LIVE to 2-track by Bones Howe, no wonder it's so big, full-bodied, clean and clear
  • A tough record to find in the bins these days - nobody wants to part with it - so this is one of only a handful of copies to hit the site in the last few years
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Small Change proves to be the archetypal album of his '70s work. A jazz trio comprising tenor sax player Lew Tabackin, bassist Jim Hughart and drummer Shelly Manne, plus an occasional string section, back Waits and his piano on songs steeped in whiskey and atmosphere..."
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Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen

  (Item #: cohensongs_of_leonard_1902_1907_) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding original 360 copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger, richer and clearer than any other copy we played - the wonderfully intimate, breathy vocals are the key to these amazing sounding pressings
  • Sometimes the conventional wisdom is true, and this record makes the case as well as any we play - the right original Columbia pressings are in a league of their own
  • 5 stars: "A breathtaking and perfect debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen marked the emergence of one of the most enduring, unique, and brilliant voices in popular music... A masterpiece of perversity and pain."
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Joni Mitchell
Wild Things Run Fast

  (Item #: mitchwildt_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Joni's superb 1982 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Her last great record and a personal favorite - fortunately for us audiophiles, this copy is spacious, open and much less "modern" sounding than most - great energy too
  • Famously included on the TAS Super Disc List and, on a wonderful copy like this one, you can hear exactly why it made the cut
  • "... Joni Mitchell achieved more of a balance between her pop abilities and her jazz aspirations, meanwhile rediscovering a more direct, emotional lyric approach. The result was her best album since the mid-'70s." [Hear hear!]
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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding copy of Joni Mitchell's fifth studio album boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Incredibly rich, warm and natural with real immediacy to Joni's vocals, and Tubey Magic for days, this pressing was doing it all right
  • One of the best sounding Joni records, on a par with Court and Spark and Blue - fine company indeed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue.... More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right."
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Joni Mitchell
Blue

  (Item #: mitchblue_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for arguably Joni's greatest album with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Full-bodied and balanced with the kind of smooth musicality that's not always easy to find for Blue
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that belongs in any audiophile music collection worthy of the name
  • 5 stars: "Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity..."
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Joni Mitchell
Miles of Aisles

  (Item #: mitchmiles_1907_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This Joni Mitchell classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides; super quiet vinyl too!
  • The sound is super clean, clear, and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end and plenty of space and breathy presence on her vocals
  • Joni reworks all her material here, giving the songs new arrangements and making them fresh again - it's got a cool Court and Spark vibe
  • "It's a strong album of her best songs performed mostly informally... Much of the material here is beautiful, replete with the patented Mitchell tension. And a word for engineer Henry Lewy—the sound is terrific, the best reproduced concert album I've heard." Rolling Stone
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Joni Mitchell
Miles of Aisles

  (Item #: mitchmiles_1907) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This Joni Mitchell classic boasts STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on all four sides
  • The sound is incredibly rich, warm and Tubey Magical with huge amounts of space and breathy presence on her vocals
  • Joni reworks all her material here, giving the songs new arrangements and making them fresh again - it's got a cool Court and Spark vibe
  • "It's a strong album of her best songs performed mostly informally... Much of the material here is beautiful, replete with the patented Mitchell tension. And a word for engineer Henry Lewy—the sound is terrific, the best reproduced concert album I've heard." Rolling Stone
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Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides, this was one of the better copies of Blonde On Blonde we heard in our most recent shootout
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_1906x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Paul Simon's 1986 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last, rich, smooth and clear in precisely the way so few copies are - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Guaranteed to TROUNCE the well-reviewed but nevertheless awful Heavy Vinyl LP in every way, or your money back and the shipping is on us
  • There's a delicate, extended top end on this pressing that simply does not exist on most of the copies we played
  • 5 stars: "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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Joni Mitchell
Song To A Seagull

  (Item #: mitchsongt_1907_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The vocals are breathy and clear, and the overall sound is rich and full with lovely guitar transients
  • Our favorite early (pre-Blue) Joni Mitchell album by far - as good as her others are, this one has a special charm we can find on no other record, by Joni or anyone else
  • "What sets this release apart from those of other confession-style singer/songwriters of the time is the craft, subtlety, and evocative power of Mitchell's lyrics and harmonic style... "
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

(UK Island)

  (Item #: stevecatch_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this very specific UK pressing is absolutely amazing - the vinyl has issues though
  • Bigger, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything we heard - that's why it won our shootout
  • This British pressing with the right stamper can show you the sweeter, tubier Midrange Magic that we is the hallmark of all the best Cat Stevens' recordings
  • "Though some of the lyrics retain Cat’s fanciful imagery... he shows a new emotional directness, especially on side two, the albums "down" side. This is reflected in Cat’s singing, which becomes more assured and more emotive with each album."
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Joni Mitchell
Clouds

  (Item #: mitchcloud_1906_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A lovely vintage pressing of Clouds, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Check out the clear transients on the acoustic guitar -- you can really hear her moving her hands around the fretboard and pulling on the strings
  • It's tough to find this album in clean shape with this kind of warm, natural sound (something the new reissue is no doubt profoundly lacking)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Clouds is a stark stunner, a great leap forward for Joni Mitchell. Vocals here are more forthright and assured than on her debut and exhibit a remarkable level of subtle expressiveness... This essential release is a must-listen."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • 5 stars: "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

  (Item #: waitsnight_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A superb copy of Waits' first live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all FOUR sides
  • One of our very favorite Waits albums for music and sound, and this copy will show you why
  • The clarity, transparency and immediacy put you right there as Waits and crew lay it down live in the studio
  • A one-of-a-kind album (and incredible recording) with elements of poetry, spoken word and jazz -- great fun if you're into it
  • "... one of Waits' most thoroughly enjoyable albums... if this plays more like a "show" than a "concert," it's a show you'd gladly pay to hear more than once... it's hard to imagine anyone not being charmed by it."
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J.J. Cale
Troubadour

  (Item #: cale_troub_1905x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Outstanding sound for this classic JJ Cale album with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Cale fans take note: this early Shelter pressing was doing almost everything right - it's rich, smooth, musical and very ANALOG
  • Eric Clapton described the man as "one of the most important artists in the history of rock."
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "J.J. Cale's albums are so steeped in his introspective style that they become interchangeable. If you like one of them, chances are you'll want to have them all."
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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this early Asylum pressing was one of the best we played in our recent shootout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is especially rich, warm and natural, with exceptional immediacy to Joni's vocals and Tubey Magic for days
  • One of the best sounding Joni records, on a par with Court and Spark and Blue - fine company indeed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue.... More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right."
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Carly Simon
Carly Simon

  (Item #: simoncarly_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Both sides of this original Elektra LP earned excellent Double Plus (A++) grades for their sound and play exceptionally quietly
  • Legendary producer and engineer Eddie Kramer lends his talent to this album and knows how to get the best sound
  • That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be is the killer track here and it sounds fantastic on this copy
  • Can you believe that the producer and engineer of Carly's 1971 debut here is none other than Eddie Kramer!?
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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Carole King's beloved Tapestry boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This killer Ode Stereo pressing is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, with note-like, clear bass
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1806_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound AND exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides make this a Pretender that will rock with the best of them
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • Five Stars in Rolling Stone, one of their Top 500 Albums, and a true classic from 1976
  • Without a doubt the best sounding record Jackson Browne ever made - this is the pressing that backs up everything we say and more
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album
  • So transparent, open, and spacious that nuances and subtleties that escaped you before are now front and center
  • When you hear I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light here you will understand why this is one of the greatest popular recordings in history
  • These originals are nearly impossible to find in good shape - this copy plays as quiet as any we have around
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Billy Joel
Streetlife Serenade

  (Item #: joel_stree_1807_1904) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This outstanding copy of Joel's third studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally queit vinyl too
  • The sound is open and transparent and the piano is clear and correct, showcasing Joel's immeasurable talent on the keys
  • Features some of Billy's big hits, including The Entertainer as well as Los Angelenos
  • This is one of the toughest classic Billy Joel albums to find with good sound and quiet vinyl, but this one is doing it all
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James Taylor
Mud Slide Slim

  (Item #: taylomudsl_1802_1903) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A wonderful copy of JT's classic followup to Sweet Baby James, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both of its sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original WB Green Label pressing demonstrates the Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records almost never reproduce
  • Some of old JT's strongest material: You've Got a Friend; You Can Close Your Eyes; Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox and more
  • 4 stars on Allmusic - it destroys the recent reissue, which lacks the texture and warmth you get in abundance on these killer originals
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Kris Kristofferson
Jesus Was A Capricorn

  (Item #: kristjesus_1811_1903) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An outstanding copy Kris' 4th album, with solid Double Plus (A++)sound from first note to last
  • It's richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Kristofferson's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find
  • The vocals sound particularly nice on this copy - rich, warm and full, just as they should
  • "Both album and single went gold, giving Kristofferson his greatest success as a recording artist."
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Harry Nilsson
Aerial Ballet

  (Item #: nilssaeria_1809_1901) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • A wonderful Hot Stamper copy, with both sides getting most of what we like about the sound of the album right
  • A Must Own Harry Nilsson album - these sides are fairly open, clear and full-bodied
  • We're big Nilsson fans here at Better Records - play this record and you might become one too!
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Harry Nilsson decided to pick up where he left off with his debut, offering another round of effervescent, devilishly clever pop, equal parts lite psychedelia, pretty ballads, and music hall cabaret."
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Randy Newman
Good Old Boys

  (Item #: newmagoodo_1801_1812) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's right up there with it, this copy has a lot going for it
  • Big and rich analog, tonally Right On The Money (ROTM) as well
  • Dramatically fuller and smoother than the average pressing
  • 5 Stars: "Good Old Boys is one of Newman's finest albums; it's also one of his most provocative and infuriating, and that's probably just the way he wanted it."
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