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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1810_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Finally, here is the right sound for these acclaimed songs you know well, classics such as You Are My Sunshine; Your Cheating Heart; Oh, Lonesome Me, and nine more
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor … the miracle is that Charles' hurt, tortured, soulfully twisting voice transforms the backgrounds as well as the material; you believe what he's singing."
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Al Green
I'm Still In Love With You

  (Item #: greenimsti_1906_10_) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Two insanely good sides each with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it and vinyl that plays as quiet as these early pressings ever do
  • One of the fullest, richest, smoothest, cleanest and most energetic copies we played in our shootout - this is how good the album can sound
  • 5 stars: "[It] shares many surface similarities with its predecessor, Let's Stay Together; from Al Green and Willie Mitchell's distinctive, sexy style to the pacing and song selection. Despite those shared traits, I'm Still in Love With You distinguishes itself with its suave, romantic tone and its subtly ambitious choice of material. There isn't a wasted track on I'm Still in Love With You, and in many ways it rivals its follow-up, Call Me, as Green's masterpiece."
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B.B. King
L.A. Midnight

  (Item #: king_lamid_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Check out how cool the tuba sounds anchoring the bottom end on the opening track!
  • "The King is at his sly peak on "I Got Some Help I Don't Need," uproariously humorous and hurt at the same time, with crazy wah-wah filigrees laced within, and "Can't You Hear Me Talking to You" is also tight and right."
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Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Soul Meeting

  (Item #: charlsoulm_1905_10) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's 1958 collaboration boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet too
  • Wonderful sound from start to finish -- full-bodied and warm with wonderfully sweet vocals
  • Kenny Burrell lends his innovative guitar stylings to this soulful jazz collaboration
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Oscar Pettiford, Connie Kay, and Kenny Burrell in the various lineups, this is bluesy jazz in a laid-back manner; it surprised many hardcore R&B fans when these albums were originally issued."
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Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here you will find Tubey Magical Richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that few copies have - all qualities essential to getting the best sound from Stevie's Magnum Opus
  • A true musical genius (according to Eddie Murphy) here joins forces with other legends including Herbie Hancock, George Benson, and Deniece Williams
  • 5 stars: "...Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs... that — just as the title promised — touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career. "


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Jimmy Witherspoon
Handbags and Gladrags

  (Item #: withehandb_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super big, rich and lively with tons of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
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Muddy Waters
Hard Again

  (Item #: waterharda_1905_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this is an outstanding pressing of Hard Again
  • Both sides here are big, lively and jumpin' out of the speakers - just right for this down and dirty music
  • A Grammy Winner, an Allmusic Five Star album - simply a superb recording and one of our favorites for '70s blues
  • 5 stars: "Christgau attributed the record's intense quality to 'the natural enthusiasm of an inspired collaboration,' and remarked on its standing in Chicago blues, 'except maybe for B.B. King's Live at the Regal and Otis Spann's Walking the Blues... I can't recall a better blues album than this.'"
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1901_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's breakthrough album, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides
  • A lively, rich pressing, with plenty of punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Packed with hits - Little Red Corvette, Delirious, 1999 - and they are all rockin' like crazy here
  • 5 stars: "Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself... the result is a stunning display of raw talent..."
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Wilson Pickett
I'm In Love

  (Item #: pickeimini_1908_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both sides of this original Atlantic Green and Blue label pressing are incredibly big, full-bodied and lively with a solid bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • "... the Wicked Pickett sounds a lot more convincing on this album's romantic numbers than anyone would have had a right to expect from one of the baddest cats of Southern soul... it's a good set of tunes, performed with Pickett's usual high level of passion and skill, and if you're any kind of fan you'll revel in it." - All Music
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Taj Mahal
Giant Step / De Ole Folks at Home

  (Item #: mahalgiant_1906_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on sides two, three and four, and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side
  • On the acoustic side the harmonics of the stringed instruments -- banjo and guitar -- ring out clearly and naturally
  • Two complete LPs worth of material: the first electric, the second acoustic, something for everybody -- it even includes the Monkees hit "Take A Giant Step" if you can believe it
  • 4 Stars: "Parties searching for an apt introduction when discovering Taj Mahal's voluminous catalog are encouraged to consider Giant Step as a highly recommended reference point."
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John Lee Hooker
Endless Boogie

  (Item #: hookeendle_1907_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This original ABC pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on ALL FOUR SIDES!
  • These sides are out of this world -- rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a big punchy bottom end and lots of energy
  • "... the timeliness of Endless Boogie is an unmitigated plus, and producers Bill Szymczyk and Ed Michel get a relaxed groove out of a cast of supporting musicians who can boogie Canned Heat right out of the studio." - Robert Christgau
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Al Green
I'm Still In Love With You

  (Item #: greenimsti_1906_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • One of the fullest, richest, smoothest, cleanest and most energetic copies we played in our shootout - this is how good the album can sound
  • For The Good Times (a Kristofferson cover!) sounds superb on this pressing
  • 5 stars: "There isn't a wasted track on I'm Still in Love With You, and in many ways it rivals its follow-up, Call Me, as Green's masterpiece."
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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_1908_10) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Sexual Healing then sit back and relax as the rich, warm sound of analog sets the mood!
  • There’s good frequency extension up top and down low, with plenty of meaty bass and silky highs (check out those bells)
  • "Midnight Love is a classic Marvin Gaye effort. In addition to this project thriving with Gaye's enthusiastic spirit, it has his harmonious background vocals, his stunning vocal arrangements and his creative penmanship, as he wrote all the selections."
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Aretha Franklin
Hey Now Hey: The Other Side of the Sky

  (Item #: frankheyno_1905_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING copy of Aretha's 1973 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead on correct tonality, and wonderfully breathy vocals - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • An album of deep introspective soul produced by none other than Quincy Jones!
  • "... notable are a poignant cover of Bernstein's 'Somewhere,' and a sparkling 'Moody's Mood,' and the beautiful Carolyn Franklin composition 'Angel.'"
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Earth, Wind & Fire
That's The Way of the World

  (Item #: earththats_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of the band's breakthrough release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album from 1975, this is the only way to go
  • Includes some of EWF's most well-loved classics: Shining Star and, of course, That's The Way of The World
  • 4 1/2 stars: "If a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That's the Way of the World, which was the band's best album as well as its best-selling. There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the 1970s and EWF's crowning achievement."
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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1906_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second, this original stereo copy was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout
  • The richness in the vocals and the overall Tubey Magical sound are what put this pressing over the top in our shootout
  • We have a devil of a time finding Ray Charles records that sound this good and are clean enough to offer our customers - this is a rare one
  • "...he elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks)." - All Music
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Roberta Flack
First Take

  (Item #: flackfirst_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Roberta Flack's stunning debut album finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound here is richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Flack's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find on vinyl
  • 5 stars: "Roberta Flack's debut album, titled First Take in true underachiever fashion, introduced a singer who'd assimilated the powerful interpretive talents of Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, the earthy power of Aretha Franklin, and the crystal purity and emotional resonance of folksingers like Judy Collins... one of the most fascinating soul debuts of the era."
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David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Bowie's one and only soul album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the five or ten best Bowie songs of all time is on this very album: Somebody up There Likes Me, with David Sanborn for more than six minutes soulfully blowing his brains out on the sax
  • On an exceptionally transparent copy such as this one, it's much easier to pick out all the background vocalists in the relatively dense mixes that Bowie favored here, and that's the kind of sound that wins shootouts
  • One of our favorites by The Man, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Win, Fascination, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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Ray Charles
Sweet & Sour Tears

  (Item #: charlsweet_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Shootout Winning 1964 pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for a vintage Ray Charles record (!)
  • This stereo pressing is the only way to hear these classic songs sound rich, powerful and free from coloration
  • A concept album filled with an eclectic collection of themed music, this release showcases Charles' innovative approach to recording
  • "...One is almost tempted to think that Charles was toying with audience expectations by mixing unabashedly sentimental slow tunes with the far more bluesy, satisfying, and upbeat numbers, such as his surprisingly brassy, punchy treatment of "Cry Me a River.""
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Prince's breakthrough album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side and incredible nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on the remaining three sides, close to our Shootout Winner
  • This one is killer - it's lively and rich, with plenty of deep punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Packed with hits - Little Red Corvette, Delirious, 1999 - and they are all rockin' like crazy here
  • 5 stars: "Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself... the result is a stunning display of raw talent..."
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John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Blues Breakers

  (Item #: mayalblues_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this is a killer copy from our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Far more richer, smoother and livelier than most, with Tubey Magic and space you won't believe
  • The Decca UK vinyl on this superb pressing is as QUIET as we ever expect to find for this album
  • 5 stars: "Bluesbreakers was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist -- more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers."
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Stevie Wonder
Talking Book

  (Item #: wondetalki_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - this is the way Talking Book is supposed to sound
  • Richer, warmer, more natural, more relaxed, this is what vintage analog is all about, that smooth sound that never calls attention to itself and just lets the music flow
  • So many great songs: You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Tuesday Heartbreak, You've Got It Bad Girl, Superstition, etc.
  • 5 Stars: "What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances -- altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax..."
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A truly stunning Shootout Winning copy of this MJ classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from beginning to end - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Off the Wall is substantially sweeter, tubier, more natural, richer, more relaxed and more ANALOG than any other Michael Jackson album
  • We're constantly blown away by just how good the best copies of Off the Wall sound - what a recording!
  • Clearly MJ's best sounding recording - "This was a visionary album ... part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk." 5 stars
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Muddy Waters
I’m Ready

  (Item #: waterimrea_1905_10ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy with insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • If you're looking for a Hot Stamper Blues album to add a little variety to your collection, you can't do much better this copy of I'm Ready
  • 'Waters and band provide these well-worn gems with a little new studio polish, but it is with the newer songs that the performers really shine... For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I'm Ready and its bookends are the albums to start with. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you'll be ready for more."
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Sly & The Family Stone
Stand

  (Item #: slyanstand_1812_5_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy will be tough to beat - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Tired of the crude, congested, hard, harsh and otherwise unpleasant sound of most pressings? The solution is right here!
  • Stand, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try -- what a killer lineup of songs
  • 5 stars: "Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment. ...everything simply gels here, resulting in no separation between the astounding funk, effervescent irresistible melodies, psychedelicized guitars, and deep rhythms."
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Big Joe Williams
Blues For 9 Strings

  (Item #: williblues_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Blues for 9 Strings, featuring the great Willie Dixon on bass, makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Tubier, more present, more alive, with more of that "jumpin' out of the speakers" quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Big Joe Williams was an incredible blues musician: a gifted songwriter, a powerhouse vocalist, and an exceptionally idiosyncratic guitarist... When appearing at The Fickle Pickle, Williams played an electric nine-string guitar through a small ramshackle amp with a pie plate nailed to it and a beer can dangling against that. The total effect of this incredible apparatus produced the most buzzing, sizzling, African-sounding music one would likely ever hear."
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Otis Redding
The Immortal Otis Redding

  (Item #: reddiimmor_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of this superb posthumous release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • The sound here is amazingly clear and open, superior to most in that regard, with fairly smooth and rich vocals to boot
  • The richness in Redding's vocals and the wonderfully Tubey Magical sound makes this copy especially impressive
  • "... among the last tunes Redding cut during what turned out to be a prophetic three-week stretch of sessions -- concluding just days prior to his untimely passing... any Otis Redding recordings should be considered welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."
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Albert King
King of the Blues Guitar

  (Item #: king_kingo_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of King of the Blues Guitar, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Clear and open, with good balance and prodigious bass, this copy has just the right the sound for this blues album
  • "These 17 tunes come from King's most fertile period, his 1966-68 tenure at Memphis's Stax Records.... King's ripe and mellow vocals are a perfect match for the soul-drenched music while his dramatic string bends leap out." -- Marc Greilsamer
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Aretha Franklin
Yeah!!!

  (Item #: frankyeah_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • On this 1965 release you'll find Aretha singing a group of standards (with tasteful support from the likes of Kenny Burrell on guitar and Teddy Harris on piano), all with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound
  • This superb Columbia 360 label pressing - not really "live," probably more like live-in-the-studio - offers lovely breathy vocals and huge amounts of studio space
  • Aretha's records for Columbia feature a more popular-oriented repertoire than her later works - this is a great record for those interested in checking out the early roots of one of the greatest singers of all time
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David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An outstanding copy of Bowie's one and only soul album with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing was simply bigger and fuller than the competition, with massive amounts of energy and three-dimensional studio space like you will not believe
  • On an exceptionally transparent copy such as this one, it's much easier to pick out all the background vocalists in the relatively dense mixes that Bowie favored here, and that's the kind of sound that wins shootouts
  • One of our favorites by The Man, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Win, Fascination, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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Ray Charles
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Charles' 1963 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are doing it all right -- richer, fuller, better bass, more Tubey Magic, and the list goes on!
  • Ray Charles was a genius and the music on this record is just more proof of the undeniability of that fact
  • 4 stars: "The high points are very high -- 'Busted,' his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles..."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909ex) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • This side two was just BIGGER and RICHER than practically any other we played, with rock solid energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Raise! offers solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER and exceptionally quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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B.B. King
In London

  (Item #: king_inlon_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early pressing of B.B. King In London
  • Clean, clear and dynamic with tons of space and transparency, this is the way to hear B.B. and this big group of master musicians
  • Ringo, Peter Green, Klaus Voorman, Steve Winwood, Alexis Korner, Gary Wright and Dr. John are just a few of the artists featured on this record behind B.B. - quite a cast of luminaries
  • "... all 9 tracks are top notch fusion between US Legend and awe inspired younger British bluesmen. A must have!"
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Otis Redding
The Dock of the Bay

  (Item #: reddidocko_1812_4_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing of The Dock of the Bay, earning strong Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • It's a well-recorded album - the better copies are big, rich and smooth yet still clean, clear and spacious
  • "...this is an impossible record not to love ... Cropper chose his tracks well, selecting some of the strongest and most unusual among the late singer's orphaned songs... No one could complain about the album then, and it still holds more than four decades later."
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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers
A Hard Road

  (Item #: mayalhardr_1909_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - these early UK stereo LPs are the only way to fly
  • 4 stars: "Eric Clapton is usually thought of as John Mayall's most important right-hand man, but the case could also be made for his successor, Peter Green. The future Fleetwood Mac founder leaves a strong stamp on his only album with the Bluesbreakers, singing a few tracks and writing a couple, including the devastating instrumental 'Supernatural.'"
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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers
A Hard Road

  (Item #: mayalhardr_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - these early UK stereo LPs are the only way to fly
  • 4 stars: "Eric Clapton is usually thought of as John Mayall's most important right-hand man, but the case could also be made for his successor, Peter Green. The future Fleetwood Mac founder leaves a strong stamp on his only album with the Bluesbreakers, singing a few tracks and writing a couple, including the devastating instrumental 'Supernatural.'"
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Albert King
Years Gone By

  (Item #: king_years_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of King's third studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end - only the best pressings let that Albert King energy come through
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Booker T. drummer Al Jackson producing, the set includes such staples as "You Threw Your Love on Me Too Strong," "Wrapped up in Love Again," and a powerful version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." For fans of King's guitar work, the inclusion of the instrumental workouts on "You Don't Love Me" and "Drowning on Dry Land" are a special bonus..."
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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1903_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • Rich, smooth and natural, the sound here is guaranteed to please - recall that the 12" of All Night Long was on the TAS List back in the day (and yes, I used to sell it!)
  • "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, "Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.""
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Al Green
Call Me

  (Item #: greencallm_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - guaranteed killer sound from first note to last
  • 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)
  • 5 stars: "Al Green reached his creative peak with the brilliant Call Me, the most inventive and assured album of his career. So silky and fluid as to sound almost effortless, Green's vocals revel in the lush strings and evocative horns of Willie Mitchell's superbly intimate production... A classic."
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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides are doing it all right -- big, full-bodied and wonderfully present with tons of space around all of the players
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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Muddy Waters
The Real Folk Blues

  (Item #: waterrealf_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this compilation album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Like its Audiophile Favorite brother, Folk Singer, also on Chess, The Real Folk Blues is another exceptional live-in-the-studio recording, with some of the best sound Chess ever managed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Once Chess discovered a white folk-blues audience ripe and ready to hear the real thing, they released a series of albums under the Real Folk Blues banner. This is one of the best entries in the series..."
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Aretha Franklin
Soul '69

  (Item #: franksoul6_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this wonderful copy of Aretha's underrated Soul Album from '69
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from practically every other copy we played
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful record, a vintage pressing like this one is the only way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of her most overlooked '60s albums, on which she presented some of her jazziest material. Her vocals are consistently passionate and first-rate, as is the musicianship; players include the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and respected jazzmen Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, et al."
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Muddy Waters
Hard Again

  (Item #: waterharda_1906_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An amazing Triple Triple (A+++) copy of this great album; one of the best to ever hit the site!
  • Both of these Shootout Winning sides are big, lively and jumpin' out of the speakers -- just right for this down and dirty music
  • A Grammy Winner, an Allmusic Five Star album - simply a superb recording and one of our favorites for '70s blues
  • 5 stars: "Christgau attributed the record's intense quality to 'the natural enthusiasm of an inspired collaboration,' and remarked on its standing in Chicago blues, 'except maybe for B.B. King's Live at the Regal and Otis Spann's Walking the Blues... I can't recall a better blues album than this.'"
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1902_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound for this hard-to-find vintage stereo pressing
  • Ray's 1961 release here showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the now "controversial" Baby It's Cold Outside (no one has ever recorded it quite like these two), People Will Say We're In Love, Side By Side, and many more
  • 4 stars: "There is certainly a powerful, often sexy rapport between the two -- Charles in his sweet balladeering mode, Carter with her uniquely keening, drifting high register -- and they definitely create sparks in the justly famous rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside.""
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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

  (Item #: hookenever_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of Hooker's 1972 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments
  • It's one of the best sounding John Lee Hooker albums we've heard - exceptionally well recorded at Wally Heiders' right here in L.A.
  • Features a host of "the greats" lending a hand, including Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and Steve Miller
  • "...this album continues his work with mostly younger musicians and predates similar projects The Healer and Mr. Lucky by about 20 years."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909_2) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • You will not believe how punchy, lively, dynamic, and exciting these sides are
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars: "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues

  (Item #: hookenever_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of Hooker's 1972 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments
  • It's one of the best sounding John Lee Hooker albums we've heard - exceptionally well recorded at Wally Heiders' right here in L.A.
  • Features a host of "the greats" lending a hand, including Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and Steve Miller
  • "...this album continues his work with mostly younger musicians and predates similar projects The Healer and Mr. Lucky by about 20 years."
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Bee Gees et al.
Saturday Night Fever

  (Item #: beegesatur_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last on this superb 70's Classic
  • All four sides here are incredibly rich, full-bodied and spacious with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals and an energy level that's off the charts
  • Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, More Than a Woman, Jive Talkin', and even A Fifth of Beethoven all sound great
  • 5 stars: "Saturday Night Fever is virtually indispensable as a Bee Gees album, not just for the presence of an array of songs that were hits in their own right but because it offered the Gibb brothers as composers as well as artists..."
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Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • This is an amazing sounding copy, as good as anything we've ever played!
  • From top to bottom, on all four sides, the sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • 5 stars: "...Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs... that — just as the title promised — touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career. "
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this MJ classic - just shy of our Shootout Winner - with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded
  • Off the Wall is substantially sweeter, tubier, more natural, richer, more relaxed and more ANALOG than any other Michael Jackson album
  • We're constantly blown away by just how good the best copies of Off the Wall sound - what a recording!
  • Clearly MJ's best sounding release - 5 stars: "This was a visionary album ... part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk."
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER for this MJ classic, with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Turn it up as loud as you want - the top end and vocals are balanced, smooth and tonally correct, not gritty or edgy
  • Off the Wall is substantially sweeter, tubier, more natural, richer, more relaxed and more ANALOG than any other Michael Jackson album
  • Clearly MJ's best sounding release - 5 stars: "This was a visionary album ... part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk."
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Various Artists
The Blues... A Real Summit Meeting

  (Item #: varioblues_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other sides of this wonderful double album from 1973
  • This copy is surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with a nicely extended top end, plenty of space around the instruments and vocals, and few of the problems that plagued most of what we played
  • Features B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Big Mama Thornton, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and more
  • Live at Newport in New York, this is an exceptionally well recorded concert starring the blues greats of the day
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B.B. King
L.A. Midnight

  (Item #: king_lamid_1906_9ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The best copy to hit the site in over a year with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Dramatically better than practically every other pressing we played - super lively, full-bodied and clear with real extension up top and down low
  • Check out how cool the tuba sounds anchoring the bottom end on the opening track
  • "The King is at his sly peak on 'I Got Some Help I Don't Need,' uproariously humorous and hurt at the same time, with crazy wah-wah filigrees laced within, and 'Can't You Hear Me Talking to You" is also tight and right.'
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B.B. King
Midnight Believer

  (Item #: king_midni_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of Midnight Believer with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides are incredibly full-bodied, clean, clear and spacious with tons of energy and a big punchy bottom end
  • B.B. is backed by members of The Crusaders here, and on a copy like this one you can really get a sense of just how much they contribute to this music
  • "Another collaboration that worked a lot better than one might have expected. King and the Crusaders blended in a marginally funky, contemporary style for the buoyant 'Never Make Your Move Too Soon' and an uplifting 'When It All Comes Down.'"
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The Robert Cray Band
Strong Persuader

  (Item #: craybstron_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With STUNNING Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last, this is almost As Good As It Gets for Strong Persuader - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the album that propelled Cray into the mainstream, earning him a spot on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80's, 5 stars on AMG, and endless accolades from critics and fans alike
  • Clear and open, with good balance and prodigious bass, this copy has just the right the sound for this blues rock
  • 5 stars: "The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base... his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic."
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Aretha Franklin
Lady Soul

  (Item #: frankladys_1906_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Aretha's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with lots of natural ambience - Aretha's vocals sound excellent with lots of presence, breath and texture
  • You'd need either a lot of copies, a lot of luck, or both, to come up with a pressing that sounds this good and plays this quietly
  • 5 stars: "... 1968's Lady Soul proved Aretha Franklin, the pop sensation, was no fluke... an inspired blend of covers and originals from the best songwriters in soul and pop music... "/li>
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Lou Rawls
Bring It On Home

  (Item #: rawlsbring_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of this wonderful Lou Rawls album, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments - just the right sound for this music
  • There are a lot of bad sounding Lou Rawls records out there, but this hidden gem is not one of them - not only is the sound superb, but Lou's done his old pal Sam proud with wonderfully heartfelt versions of some of his best songs
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for any Lou Rawls title, but here it is!
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T-Bone Walker
Stormy Monday Blues

  (Item #: walkestorm_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Waker's 1968 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • The stereo sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • "The high level of creativity in play here isn't obvious on a cursory listen, since a lot of the tracks favor the same sort of midtempo blues shuffle, but a closer listen reveals a stunning guitarist who plays the blues with a jazzman's soul.. when he cuts loose a little on guitar, the sparks fly with elegant tension."
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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of Can't Slow Down with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet viny too
  • The sound on side two was bigger, clearer, and simply more relaxed and musical than any other side we heard
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, 'Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.'"
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Diana Ross and the Supremes
Let The Sunshine In

  (Item #: supreletth_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A stunning copy of this exceptionally well recorded album - it earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • We would love to do more Supremes records, but we've had a devilishly hard time finding copies of their earlier albums that sound as big, rich and smooth as this one does
  • Unusually quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "The album is still solid listening 40-plus years later, with three hit singles present to help drive sales. Ross is in excellent form throughout, and the arrangements reach for the lush side of soul, which would become her trademark as a solo artist."
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B.B. King
Live & Well

  (Item #: king_livea_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, and exceptionally quiet vinyl too, this original Bluesway pressing simply could not be beat
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought BB King's music to life in our listening room like no other could
  • With the Tubes and the Big Bass that this music needs to work, this is Electric Blues Magic from The Master himself
  • "...a worthy recording on its own merits, divided evenly between live and studio material. King's always recorded well as a live act, and it's the concert tracks that shine brightest..."
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1905_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout - the sound is simply bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than most of what we played
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903_5_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • KILLER sound throughout -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • If you've heard one of our amazing Hot Stamper pressings of Off the Wall - the best sounding record Michael Jackson ever made - then you know exactly the Tubey Magical sound of the best copies of Triumph
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout for the most part - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael's Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons' first Top Ten pop album since 1972's Lookin' Through the Windows..."
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Four Tops
Still Waters Run Deep

  (Item #: fourtstillw_1903_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • The band's 1970 release finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • It's not easy to find Motown records with natural tonal balance and freedom from distortion, but here's one that has both those qualities, and more
  • These guys helped establish that quintescential Motown sound that brought "Still Water (Love)" and "It's All In The Game" instant success
  • "Everything from the vocals to the music to the brilliant production and songwriting came together here to form a near-masterpiece of soul-stirring entertainment."
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Stevie Wonder
Innervisions

  (Item #: wondeinner_1903_9) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this is an all around killer pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the funkiest audiophile-quality discs money can buy, but you need a copy that sounds as good as this one to make that case
  • The key qualities are richness, warmth, Tubey Magic, and clarity, and here you will find a healthy dose of all four
  • "Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early '70s and produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, and what looked to be the failure of the '60s dream -- all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he'd written before."
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Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
Diana & Marvin

  (Item #: rossgdiana_1903_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent copy which earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - there's plenty of Old School Tubey Magic from 1973 to be found on this vintage stereo pressing
  • Rich, sweet, open, and smooth, this is awfully good sound for an early '70s Motown recording
  • The mix of these two legendary voices - Ross' dulcet tone and Gaye's signature soulfulness - is nothing short of sensational
  • 4 stars: "What they shared, apart from a mutual admiration, was that they were two of the biggest artists on Motown and that their voices sounded terrific together. Although the album didn't produce any timeless classics, the results were still very good … even the weaker tunes are redeemed by the duo's indelible chemistry..."
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Muddy Waters
Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live

  (Item #: watermuddy_1902_9) 

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


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This recording is amazingly "real" sounding - you are there with this copy; it's shocking how well recorded Muddy's later albums are. Who knew?
  • His third Grammy winning album in a row - the guy was on fire back then
  • "Accompanied by Johnny Winter and his band, Muddy Waters turns in an enthusiastic performance on Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live. The set list contains most of his biggest hits, and the sound quality and performances are mostly energetic..." - All Music
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1811_1_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Both sides are big, open, and lively - just the right sound for this acclaimed album full of songs you know well
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor, if not as immediately startling."
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Bill Withers
Just As I Am

  (Item #: withejusta_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb copy of Bill Withers' debut
  • The overall sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Many of his best songs are on here, such as "Ain’t No Sunshine," "Grandma’s Hands" and "Harlem."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In a career laden with highlights and hallmarks in the annals of soul history, Just as I Am gets rather overlooked as one of the best soul debuts ever issued..."
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Sade
Stronger Than Pride

  (Item #: sade_stron_1909) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides, making this one of the best copies to ever hit the site -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Incredibly big, full and musical yet still very clean and clear with a lovely bottom end and wonderfully breathy vocals
  • This import - forget the veiled, closed-in domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl poseur may be in print - will bring Sade to life right in your very own listening room
  • "Sade demonstrated some intensity and fire on her third release... she had more animation in her delivery on such songs as 'Haunt Me,' 'Give It Up,' and the hit 'Paradise.'"
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Otis Redding
The Immortal Otis Redding

  (Item #: reddiimmor_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy of this superb posthumous release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The richness in Redding's vocals and the wonderfully Tubey Magical sound makes this copy especially impressive
  • This vintage Plum and Tan label LP plays fairly quietly for an original Atco pressing
  • "... among the last tunes Redding cut during what turned out to be a prophetic three-week stretch of sessions -- concluding just days prior to his untimely passing... any Otis Redding recordings should be considered welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."
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T-Bone Walker
Stormy Monday Blues

  (Item #: walkestorm_1909) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • Both sides here are incredible -- clean, clear, spacious and present with wonderfully full vocals and a huge bottom end
  • "The high level of creativity in play here isn't obvious on a cursory listen, since a lot of the tracks favor the same sort of midtempo blues shuffle, but a closer listen reveals a stunning guitarist who plays the blues with a jazzman's soul.. when he cuts loose a little on guitar, the sparks fly with elegant tension." - All Music
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout - we guarantee the sound is bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than any copy you've ever heard
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The overall sound here is clean, clear, lively and musical with lots of deep punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael's Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons' first Top Ten pop album since 1972's Lookin' Through the Windows..." - All Music
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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Sonny and Brownie

  (Item #: terrysonny_1907_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides, so natural and relaxed - this is the right sound for this bluesy music - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early pressing puts a Folk Blues jam from 1973 live in your living room, showcasing two of the true masters of the form
  • The immediacy, clarity and transparency are excellent, but the key element is Tubey Magical warmth, and these vintage pressings have plenty of it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "John Mayall and John Hammond, Jr. are among the "youngsters" on this powerful statement that includes a definitive version of Randy Newman's wickedly subtle anti-slavery tune Sail Away."
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Canned Heat
Canned Heat

  (Item #: cannecanne_1901_5_9ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A stunning sounding original copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with rich, Tubey Magical vocals that are only found on these good vintage pressings
  • These "authentic renderings" of blues covers include classics such as Muddy Waters' Rollin' and Tumblin' and Robert Johnson's Dust My Broom
  • 4 stars: "This debut was issued shortly after their appearance at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival... While decidedly more obscure to the casual listener, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones "Story of My Life" is both a high point on this recording, as well as one of the fiercest renditions ever committed to tape."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • These KILLER sides are just BIGGER and RICHER than practically any other we played, with rock solid energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Sly & The Family Stone
Stand

  (Item #: slyanstand_1812_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A killer sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Stand, I Want To Take You Higher, Sing A Simple Song, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try - what a phenomenal lineup of songs
  • 5 stars: "Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment. ...everything simply gels here, resulting in no separation between the astounding funk, effervescent irresistible melodies, psychedelicized guitars, and deep rhythms."
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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Keep On Moving

  (Item #: buttekeepo_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original Big Red E Label Stereo pressing was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage Elektra stereo pressing is the only way to go
  • "People who liked Butter long ago usually don't like what he's become. I've only dug him over the past two years and I think he just gets better and better. This record, vocally oriented and produced by Jerry Ragavoy, is his best yet, hard-driving and very tight. " - Robert Christgau (A)
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Simply Red
Stars

  (Item #: simplstars_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • These sides are outstanding -- big, rich and full-bodied with wonderfully present vocals and tons of bottom end weight
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Stars is Simply Red's best album since their debut. It's smoother and more polished than their previous work, yet Mick Hucknall is singing better than ever and his songwriting is improving... a massive commercial breakthrough for the group. Stars even outsold Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at home."
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Jimi Hendrix / Otis Redding
Historic Perform...

  (Item #: hendrhisto_1907_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - close to our Shootout Winner - on both Hendrix and Otis Redding sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Better sound than most of these artists' studio recordings - the live energy is simply unsurpassed here
  • It's got everything that a good live record needs: correct tonality, super low distortion, surprising dynamics, and amazing transparency
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... this was the album that made stars out of both Hendrix and Redding. Other than the original Whiskey A Go-Go record, it's the best live Redding set ever issued, and was the definitive live Hendrix as well until Band of Gypsys."
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Lou Rawls
Bring It On Home

  (Item #: rawlsbring_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This is a great sounding Lou Rawls album, and this copy is guaranteed to knock you out with its Shootout Winning Triple Plus sound
  • This early Stereo Capitol LP brought Sam Cooke's most famous songs to life, with the kind of vocal presence and tubey richness that no other copy could offer
  • There are a lot of bad sounding Lou Rawls records out there, but this hidden gem is not one of them - not only is the sound superb, but Lou's done his old pal Sam proud with wonderfully heartfelt versions of some of his best songs
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for any Lou Rawls title, but here it is!
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy with two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides - this is some of the best sound we have ever heard on Bad - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • This one beat every other copy we played against it - the sound is huge, full-bodied, punchy and relatively smooth throughout, with real space and ambience around the vocals and instruments
  • Includes some of Jackson's biggest 80's hits, "Man in the Mirror," "Dirty Diana," Smooth Criminal," and of course, the title track
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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Muddy Waters
I’m Ready

  (Item #: waterimrea_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking for a Hot Stamper Blues album to add a little variety to your collection, you can't do much better this copy of I'm Ready
  • 'Waters and band provide these well-worn gems with a little new studio polish, but it is with the newer songs that the performers really shine... For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I'm Ready and its bookends are the albums to start with. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you'll be ready for more."
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Sly and the Family Stone
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: slyangreat_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this nearly perfect Sly record with two sides that both earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for their sound
  • Real resolution to the sound, not the opacity and blur you would expect from a greatest hits compilation
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they didn't press them any quieter
  • "This summarizes their first four albums perfectly, adding the singles "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," and "Everybody Is a Star," possibly the loveliest thing they ever recorded... Greatest hits don't come better than this -- in fact, music rarely does."
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Albert King
Years Gone By

  (Item #: king_years_1908) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A STUNNING original Stax pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings fail miserably to reproduce
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Booker T. drummer Al Jackson producing, the set includes such staples as "You Threw Your Love on Me Too Strong," "Wrapped up in Love Again," and a powerful version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." For fans of King's guitar work, the inclusion of the instrumental workouts on "You Don't Love Me" and "Drowning on Dry Land" are a special bonus..."
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Earth, Wind & Fire
Gratitude

  (Item #: earthgrati_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • These sides are clean, clear and present yet still fairly rich and Tubey Magical with a lovely bottom end
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Gratitude brilliantly captures the excitement EWF generated on-stage at its creative peak... Neither hardcore EWF devotees nor more casual listeners should deprive themselves of the joys of the live versions of "Shining Star" and "Yearnin' Learnin'." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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John Lee Hooker
Free Beer And Chicken

  (Item #: hookefreeb_1908_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER sound from start to finish with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it
  • Hooker's albums are surprisingly good sounding - they have the open, immediate, dynamic qualities of a live-in-the-studio session - my understanding is that most of them are recorded precisely that way
  • These sides are doing it right - they're big, rich and Tubey Magical, with wonderfully present vocals and huge amounts of energy
  • Free Beer And Chicken is one of the better sounding John Lee Hooker records we’ve ever played lately - an interesting lineup of guests too, including the one and only Mr. Joe Cocker!
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1908_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording!
  • A great lineup: Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell all feature here
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Booker T & The M.G.'s
Melting Pot

  (Item #: bookemelti_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are super rich and Tubey Magical with a huge bottom end and tons of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals..." - All Music
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Dr. John
Desitively Bannaroo

  (Item #: drjohdesit_1812_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early Atco pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Richness and plenty of tight bass are key to bringing the rhythmically challenging music of New Orleans to life, and here there is plenty of both
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl they're making - for Tubey Magic and energy, this is the only way to go
  • "As in In the Right Place, Mac has taken advantage of the specialized production talents of Allen Toussaint (at Toussaint's own Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans), and has again used the fabled New Orleans band The Meters as his studio group. Each of the 12 cuts on the LP has been well-conceived, clearly thought-out, and reveals a new level of musical depth for the doctor."
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1908) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Outstanding Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout making this the best copy to ever hit the site!
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording!
  • A great lineup: Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell all feature here
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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

  (Item #: hookenever_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy will show you just how insanely big and rich this record can be - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's one of the best sounding John Lee Hooker albums we've heard - exceptionally well recorded at Wally Heiders' right here in L.A..
  • Features a host of "the greats" lending a hand, including Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and Steve Miller
  • "...this album continues his work with mostly younger musicians and predates similar projects The Healer and Mr. Lucky by about 20 years."
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B.B. King
Lucille

  (Item #: king_lucil_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Lucille (the album, not the guitar) finally comes to the site with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • An exceptionally hard album to find with good sound, but here it is - clean, clear and spacious with a solid bottom end - qualities that bring out the best in B.B.'s Blues
  • It has taken us years to find clean copies with the right stampers for Lucille, but finally our efforts have paid off with this Hot Stamper copy
  • "Lucille is an album alive and pulsing with a beautifully thick blues soul that is showcased everywhere, from Mr. King’s roaring vocals to the blazing brass in the background."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul

  (Item #: vaughsoult_1907) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout for this Classic of Electric Blues Guitar - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is one of the better copies to hit the site in years - good SRV albums are getting tough to find nowadays
  • A copy like this one soars above the pack with its hard-rockin' energy, rich, solid bass, open top end, and freedom from congestion
  • "[SRV] wanted to add soul and R&B inflections to his basic blues sound, and Soul to Soul does exactly that."
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Anita Baker
Rapture

  (Item #: bakerraptu_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This quiet-storm classic earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • Rapture is one of the best sounding recordings from the era - with all due respect to Whitney Houston, if I could have only one album of '80s soulful female vocals, it would have to be this one
  • Key to the sound is richness and Tubey Magic, along with strong midrange presence, and on this Super Hot Stamper you get all three
  • 5 stars: "Rapture gave Baker one moving hit after another, including 'Sweet Love,' 'Caught up in the Rapture,' 'Same Ole Love,' and 'No One in This World.'"
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Marvin Gaye
What's Going On

  (Item #: gaye_whats_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful copy of an album that almost never hits the site; Hot Stamper sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are super rich, full and Tubey Magical with plenty of energy and big bottom end — Gaye's vocals sound wonderful here
  • 5 stars: "What's Going On is not only Marvin Gaye's masterpiece, it's the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music... arguably the best soul album of all time."
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Charles Mingus
Blues & Roots

  (Item #: mingublues_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy of Blues & Roots boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Superb space and immediacy, rich and smooth and oh-so-Tubey-Magical - this is exactly the right sound for this bluesy collection
  • A barrage of "churchy, blues, singing, earthy" music that returns Mingus to his soulful roots
  • 5 stars: "Blues and Roots, isn't quite as wildly eclectic as usual, but it ranks as arguably Mingus' most joyously swinging outing... perhaps the most soulful in Mingus' discography."
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John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Blues Breakers

  (Item #: mayalblues_1907) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy took top honors in our recent shootout - and the UK vinyl is as QUIET as we ever expect to find
  • These early Unboxed Decca pressings, when you get a good one, are richer, smoother and livelier than anything else, and they offer boatloads of Tubey Magic and space
  • 5 stars: "Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist -- more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers."
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