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Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_2002) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER throughout, this UK pressing of the band's auspicious debut was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • "Holding Back the Years" may be the best track the band ever recorded, and it probably sounds better on import vinyl than you ever imagined it could
  • Big, full and lively, with a solid bottom end and excellent clarity - this is the sound you want for Picture Book
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2002_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's classic from 1984, offering solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 35 year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

  (Item #: houstwhitn_2002_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding early Arista pressing, this copy earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for its sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full, lively and dynamic - this album has the kind of smooth, rich, tonally correct analog sound we thought they had forgotten how to record by 1985, but here it is, thank goodness
  • Consistently strong material: You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know, All at Once, and Greatest Love of All (the last of seven (!) singles released from the album)
  • "...introduced the world to "The Voice," an octave-spanning, gravity-defying melismatic marvel."
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White Hot Stamper

Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

  (Item #: houstwhitn_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER Arista pressing which earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades for its sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full, lively and dynamic; this album has the kind of analog sound we did not expect to find, thank goodness
  • Consistently strong material: You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know, All at Once, and Greatest Love of All (the last of seven (!) singles released from the album)
  • "...introduced the world to "The Voice," an octave-spanning, gravity-defying melismatic marvel."
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Super Hot Stamper

Sunnyland Slim
Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On

  (Item #: slim_slims_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Albert Luandrew, aka Sunnyland Slim, makes his Hot Stamper debut with this 1969 release, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and dynamic, with solid weight down low and lots of space around the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant electric blues
  • "'Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On' may be classic, but it's not ordinary. More, it's totally unique. The blend of electric guitars, harmonicas and pianos is wonderful, production just rocks."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1910_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Muddy Waters
Hard Again

  (Item #: waterharda_1906_9_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Isaac Hayes
Shaft

  (Item #: hayesshaft_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Shaft finally makes it to the site, and here is one of the best we played, boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides - reasonably quiet vinyl for Stax in 1971 too
  • It took us years to find enough copies with good sound and quiet vinyl to do a shootout, and this fine pressing is the result of all that digging, cleaning and evaluating
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, having helped elevate Stax to its esteemed status... And with "Theme from Shaft," he delivered an anthem just as ambitious and revered as the film itself, a song that has only grown more treasured over the years, after having been an enormously popular hit at the time of its release."
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White Hot Stamper

Stevie Wonder
Signed, Sealed and Delivered

  (Item #: wondesigne_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is killin' it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Much more natural and relaxed, this is what finding the right mastering with the right EQ is all about - it's the only way to hear tonally correct, distortion-free sound for the album
  • Has anyone ever done a better cover of a Beatles' tune than "We Can Work It Out" here?
  • Christgau noted that the album was "still the most exciting LP by a male soul singer in a very long time, and it slips into no mold, Motown's included." Rolling Stone said that the album "holds more creative singing than you're likely to find in another performer's entire body of work."
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White Hot Stamper

Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker! (1969)

  (Item #: cockejoeco_1969_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Joe Cocker favorite has KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Consistently stronger material - did Cocker ever release an album with more good songs than these?
  • How's this for a track listing: Dear Landlord; Bird on the Wire; She Came in Through the Bathroom Window; Something; Delta Lady; Darling Be Home Soon - and there's more
  • "Cocker mixed elements of late-'60s English blues revival recordings (John Mayall, et al.) with the more contemporary sounds of soul and pop; a sound fused in no small part by producer and arranger Leon Russell, whose gumbo mix figures prominently on this eponymous release and the infamous Mad Dogs & Englishmen live set."
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Super Hot Stamper

Earth, Wind & Fire
Gratitude

  (Item #: earthgrati_1908_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Stevie Wonder
Talking Book

  (Item #: wondetalki_1910_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, 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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Super Hot Stamper

Lou Rawls
Bring It On Home

  (Item #: rawlsbring_1909_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Flack / Hathaway
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

  (Item #: flackrober_2001_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy, with strong Double Plus (A++) grades throughout, on vinyl that's fairly quiet for this notoriously noisy album
  • There's Tubey Magic, sweetness and spaciousness all over this recording - when it all comes together on Where Is The Love, you won't believe how good it sounds
  • One of our favorite duet albums, Flack and the woefully underrated Soul Man Donny Hathaway are in top form here
  • Allmusic raves: "A duet classic, and perhaps the most popular album Roberta Flack made. 'Where Is the Love' dominated urban contemporary radio for almost the entire year, while 'You've Got a Friend' was just as influential..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Sade
Love Deluxe

  (Item #: sade_loved_1911_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Sade's fourth studio album makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • The import sound here is richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Sade's breathy voice is reproduced with a kind of natural, relaxed, effortless quality that, in our experience, is only available on vinyl
  • 4 stars: "Sade's fourth album, Love Deluxe, included the hit "No Ordinary Love" and marked a return to the detached cool jazz backing and even icier vocals that made her debut album a sensation."
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White Hot Stamper

Wilson Pickett
I'm In Love

  (Item #: pickeimini_1908_10_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides of this original Atlantic Green and Blue label stereo LP earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true for whatever godawful Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting record buying public
  • "... 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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White Hot Stamper

David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_2001_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer copy of Bowie's one and only soul album with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • This pressing was simply bigger and fuller than the competition, with plenty of funky energy and three-dimensional studio space
  • 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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White Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

B.B. King
Blues On Top Of Blues

  (Item #: king_blues_on_top_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this 1968 pressing, BB King's fourteenth studio album
  • This is the album he made right before Lucille, so the man was definitely on a roll and doing some great work in the late '60s
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Featuring brassy arrangements by Johnny Pate, it presents King's sound at its fullest without sacrificing any of his grit or sophisticated swing ... the material is very strong throughout."
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Super Hot Stamper

Anita Baker
Rapture

  (Item #: bakerraptu_1907_01) 

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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White Hot Stamper

Otis Redding
The Immortal Otis Redding

  (Item #: reddiimmor_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An stunning sounding copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and solid Double Plus (A++) grades on side one
  • 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 pretty darn quietly for an original Atco pressing - we've never heard one quieter
  • "...any Otis Redding recordings should be considered welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."
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Super Hot Stamper

Mississippi John Hurt
The Best of...

  (Item #: hurt_besto_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With four seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding 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 session from the early-'70s, this is the way to go
  • "... the skill and delivery is always steady, professional, and charming. Among the highlights in this set is his intricate and atmospheric slide guitar work on "Talking Casey," one of the few times Hurt abandoned his trademark three-finger guitar picking style." - All Music
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Super Hot Stamper

Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $74.99 (You save $25.00 / 25%)


  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Aretha Franklin
Soul '69

  (Item #: franksoul6_1805_7_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound with pretty darn quiet vinyl bring Aretha's underrated Soul Album from '69 to life on this early Atlantic pressing
  • 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
  • Tough to find as quiet as this - Aretha made a lot of amazingly good records in the '60s and they got played good and hard
  • "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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Super Hot Stamper

Ray Charles
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1909_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Booker T & The M.G.'s
Melting Pot

  (Item #: bookemelti_2001_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning sides, this original pressing of Booker's very well recorded album from 1970 is clearly the BEST we have ever heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here you will find the midrange magic, richness, fullness and presence that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "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..."
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Super Hot Stamper

David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1910_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb copy of Bowie's one and only soul album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • 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 the more transparent copies such as this one, it's much easier to pick out all the background vocalists in the dense mixes that Bowie favors
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Stevie Wonder
Innervisions

  (Item #: wondeinner_2001) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our shootout, and the vinyl is about as quiet as we can find
  • One of the funkiest discs money can buy, but you will need a copy like this one to prove it
  • The album needs 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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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Booker T & The M.G.'s
Melting Pot

  (Item #: bookemelti_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this original pressing of Booker's very well recorded album from 1970 is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here you will find the midrange magic, richness, fullness and presence that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "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..."
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White Hot Stamper

War
Why Can't We Be Friends?

  (Item #: war__whyca_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible copy of the band's 1975 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • One of our favorite albums here at Better Records and clearly the band's Masterpiece - the bass and dynamics on the better pressings make this a Demo Disc on the right system
  • 4 stars [but we give it 5]: "Cut from the same cloth as the band's 1973 Deliver the Word LP, War's 1975 Why Can't We Be Friends? is a masterpiece in its scope and breadth. [It] remains one of War's truly outstanding efforts, and has become an integral part of the funk genre's landscape. It also remains the nightcap of their finest hour."
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White Hot Stamper

Lou Rawls
Live!

  (Item #: rawlslive_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades can be found on both sides of this album, Lous Rawls' masterpiece
  • Lou Rawls Live! is an outstanding recording that really comes to life on this original pressing
  • The songs are fantastic, the musicians are brilliant, the sound is amazing -- Stormy Monday & Tobacco Road are highlights, but really, there's not a bad track here
  • 4 Stars: "Lou Rawls gives a riveting performance on Live!, covering standards from Basie/Rushing's tambourine-jumpin' 'Goin' to Chicago' to T-Bone Walker's foot-stompin' 'Stormy Monday,' and whole lot in between."
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White Hot Stamper

Roberta Flack
Killing Me Softly

  (Item #: flackkilli_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard for Roberta's brilliant Killing Me Softly
  • The superb clarity and transparency here is balanced with the kind of rich warmth that is the hallmark of vintage ANALOG from 1973
  • It's increasingly hard to find good sound and reasonably quiet vinyl for this albu - this is one of the few that made the cut in recent years
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The title track was another smash for Roberta Flack, and the album continued in the same tradition as Chapter Two and A Quiet Fire. She made simmering ballads, declarative message songs, and better-than-average up-tempo numbers, and at the time was among the top-selling female vocalists in any style."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Keep On Moving

  (Item #: buttekeepo_1908_01) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Bill Withers
Just As I Am

  (Item #: withejusta_1909_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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White Hot Stamper

John Lee Hooker
Endless Boogie

  (Item #: hookeendle_1907_10_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Aretha Franklin
Lady Soul

  (Item #: frankladys_1906_9_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Aretha's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Surprisingly rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with plenty of natural ambience - Aretha's vocals are present, breathy, and explosively dynamic
  • 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: ...an inspired blend of covers and originals from the best songwriters in soul and pop music..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1902_9_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_2001) 

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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Albert King
Years Gone By

  (Item #: king_years_1909_01ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Roberta Flack
Feel Like Makin' Love

  (Item #: flackfeell_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Atlantic pressing has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • These KILLER sides are doing everything right -- clean, clear, full-bodied and spacious with a big punchy bottom end
  • "Capping off a string of early-'70s hits with this album's title track, Roberta Flack would soon take a sabbatical from the spotlight in 1975. And while she would return to the stage and studio, Flack never quite hit the heights of this and the handful of other MOR soul releases from the first half of the decade... Feel Like Making Love will still please the singer's dedicated fans."
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_2001) 

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 Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Keep On Moving

  (Item #: buttekeepo_1907_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • 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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Various Artists
The Blues... A Real Summit Meeting

  (Item #: varioblues_1906_9_01_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Muddy Waters
I’m Ready

  (Item #: waterimrea_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy with superb Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first - exceptionally Quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking for a Hot Stamper Blues album to add variety to your collection, you can't do much better Muddy Waters' 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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B.B. King
L.A. Midnight

  (Item #: king_lamid_1906_9_1ex) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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Various
The Blues... A Real Summit Meeting

  (Item #: varioblues_2001) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides of this wonderful double album from 1973 - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is spacious, full-bodied and natural, with a nicely extended top end, and plenty of space around the instruments and vocals
  • 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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Diana Ross and the Supremes
Let The Sunshine In

  (Item #: supreletth_1902_6_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
Midnight Believer

  (Item #: king_midni_1909_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_1908_10_12) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Muddy Waters
The Real Folk Blues

  (Item #: waterrealf_1909_12) 

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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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers
A Hard Road

  (Item #: mayalhardr_1909_12) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness’ First Finale

  (Item #: wondefulfi_1807_6_12) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • This pressing of the classic 1974 album from Stevie Wonder boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Finding the right balance between Tubey Magical Richness and Transparency is the trick, and we think this copy strikes that balance well
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman and You Haven't Done Nothing were the big hits but the other tracks on the album are where the real Stevie Wonder MAGIC can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars [but we give it 5]: "The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use")."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul

  (Item #: vaughsoult_1905_12) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $74.99 (You save $25.00 / 25%)


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout for this Classic of Electric Blues Guitar - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the few copies to hit the site in more than three 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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John Mayall
The Turning Point

  (Item #: mayalturni_1912) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This is a superb recording, something that cannot be said for most of Mayall's output from this period (and none of his later albums in our experience)
  • More importantly, this is some of the best music we have ever heard by the man - this is a uniquely special group effort
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "This album also signifies a distinct departure from the decibel-drowning electrified offerings of his previous efforts, providing instead an exceedingly more folk- and roots-based confab... [Jon] Mark's precision and tasteful improvisational skills [on acoustic guitar] place this incarnation into heady spaces."
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Odetta
At Town Hall

  (Item #: odettattow_1910_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound throughout for this mono original pressing of At Town Hall, boasting Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Captured live in New York City in 1963, this superb pressing will transport a living, breathing Odetta right into your listening room
  • Forget whatever dead-on-arrival Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magical, you-are-there immediacy of this Odetta concert, this is the only way to go
  • The album features a wonderful mix of folk and blues, including "Let Me Ride," "Hound Dog," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
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B.B. King
Live & Well

  (Item #: king_livea_1912) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This original Bluesway pressing from 1969 boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought BB King's music to life right in our listening room
  • Phenominal sound, with the Tubes and Big Bass this music needs to work its 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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King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree
Blues at Montreux

  (Item #: curtiblues_1910_12ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible sound throughout for this original Atlantic LP with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Here's the midrange magic that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "... Curtis and Dupree find a great deal of common musical ground. Dupree has quite a few witty vocals (particularly the near-classic "Junker's Blues") while taking choruses of irregular length that keep his sidemen continually guessing. Curtis' distinctive tenor is also heard from, making one truly regret that this was his final recording."
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Earth, Wind & Fire
That's The Way of the World

  (Item #: earththats_1912) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Stevie Wonder
Innervisions

  (Item #: wondeinner_1912_2) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this was the best copy we played in our recent shootout
  • A Stevie Wonder classic as well as a proud member of our Top 100, but you will need a copy like this one to prove that it belongs there
  • Richness, warmth, Tubey Magic, and clarity are important to the sound, and here you will find plenty 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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B.B. King
In London

  (Item #: king_inlon_1904_9_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

  (Item #: hookenever_1909_12) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1811_1_9_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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T-Bone Walker
Stormy Monday Blues

  (Item #: walkestorm_1909_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Muddy Waters
Hard Again

  (Item #: waterharda_1912) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it, this is an excellent early pressing of Hard Again - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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John Lee Hooker
Free Beer And Chicken

  (Item #: hookefreeb_1908_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903_5_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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John Lee Hooker
Free Beer And Chicken

  (Item #: hookefreeb_1912) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound, with both sides earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, as quiet as ABC ever pressed 'em
  • 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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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1905_9_12ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Bill Withers
Still Bill

  (Item #: withestill_1912) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish on this copy of Bill Withers' second studio album - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Some of the best soul sound you'll ever hear - natural, full-bodied and present, with the kind of richness and smoothness you only get from vintage analog
  • It's Withers' most consistent album, with outstanding sound for the two big hits - "Lean On Me" and "Use Me"
  • 5 stars: "It's warm and easily accessible, but it has a depth and complexity that reveals itself over numerous plays — and, given the sound and feel of the music, from the lush arrangements to his comforting voice, it's easy to want to play this again and again... the greatest testament to his considerable gifts."
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Aretha Franklin
Soft and Beautiful

  (Item #: franksofta_1911) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Aretha's wonderful 1969 release finally makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • This 360 Stereo pressing offers lively and tonally correct sound, with Franklin's soulful vocals well reproduced and especially Tubey Magical, as would be expected from a Columbia recording from 1964
  • Clean pressings of this title are hard to come by - this one is about as quiet as any we played in our shootout
  • Mark Bego, in Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, called it "the most consistently paced album of her later Columbia years."
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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_1808_6_11) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Sexual Healing and sit back while the rich, warmth 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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Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1909_11) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Tubey Magical Richness, and the immediacy and transparency 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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The Butterfield Blues Band
In My Own Dream

  (Item #: butteinmyo_1906_11) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's 1968 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Like most of the group's albums on these early pressings, the sound is full-bodied and smooth, with prodigious amounts of bottom end
  • Notable as the last Butterfield record with original members Mark Naftalin and Elvin Bishop who both moved on to solo ventures after its release
  • "More to the point, this album represented a new version of the band being born... there was a widely shared spotlight for the players, and more of a jazz influence on this record than had ever been heard before from the group...The playing is impressive..."
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1909_11) 

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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Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1911) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical Richness, and the immediacy and transparency 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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Sade
Diamond Life

  (Item #: sade_diamo_1911_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding British import pressing of Sade's debut with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • This UK disc is dramatically better than the domestic pressings we played - clean, clear and open, yet rich and natural
  • The key to the best copies is Tubey Magical richness and sweetness, and this vintage analog copy has plenty of both
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[Sade] projects a wised-up sensuality, and the record neither creaks with the revivalism of Harry Connick nor the sterility of Simply Red, to name but two of Sade's neo-cocktail rivals."
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Sade
Stronger Than Pride

  (Item #: sade_stron_1911_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this import pressing from 1988
  • This copy plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Forget the veiled, closed-in domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl may be in print - here you will find the midrange magic that’s missing from whatever reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "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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Sade
Stronger Than Pride

  (Item #: sade_stron_1911) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good Sade's third album can sound on import vinyl
  • The better copies such as this one have the uncanny ability to bring a living, breathing, oh-so-sultry Sade Adu (age 29) right into your listening room
  • Forget the veiled, closed-in domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl may be in print - here you will find the midrange magic that’s missing from whatever reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "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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Al Green
Gets Next To You

  (Item #: greengetsn_1911) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this Hi Records pressing with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Tired of Being Alone is the killer jam here and it sounds just right - big and fat - the way only the best vintage pressings ever do
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell established their classic sound with Green's second album... Alternating between Sam Cooke's croon and Otis Redding's shout, Green develops his own distinctive style, and Gets Next to You only touches the surface of its depth."
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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

  (Item #: hookenever_1908_11) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Albert King
Live Wire - Blues Power

  (Item #: king_livew_1812_5_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Must Own Live Blues album, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Accept no substitutes - no reissue of the album can ever give you the energy, size and you-are-there presence that's on this disc
  • This copy plays exceptionally well - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - finding the originals with this kind of top quality sound and surfaces this quiet is getting harder every day
  • "Live Wire/Blues Power is one of Albert King's definitive albums. Recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, the guitarist is at the top of his form throughout the record — his solos are intense and piercing... he makes Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" dirty and funky and wrings out all the emotion from "Blues at Sunrise.""
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1908_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout making this the best copy to ever hit the site!
  • 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 these wonderful sessions, this is the way to go
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording!
  • A great lineup: Blues fans Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell are all featured here, along with many other Bluesmen
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B.B. King
To Know You Is To Love You

  (Item #: king_tokno_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of BB King's 1973 relese, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both sides here are stunning -- big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical yet still pretty clear, spacious and open
  • "The combination of King and the well-oiled Philly rhythm section that powered hits by the O'Jays, Spinners, and Stylistics proved a surprisingly adroit one. Two huge hits came from this album, the Stevie Wonder/Syreeta Wright-penend title track and "I Like to Live the Love," both of them intriguing updates of King's tried-and-true style."
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Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout, this UK pressing has a lot going for it
  • "Holding Back the Years" may be the best track the band ever recorded, and it probably sounds better here than you ever imagined it could
  • Big, full and lively, with a solid bottom end and excellent clarity - this is the sound you want for Picture Book
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead."
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Charles Mingus
Blues & Roots

  (Item #: mingublues_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Bee Gees et al.
Saturday Night Fever

  (Item #: beegesatur_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound or better on all four of these superb sides - there's real Bee Gees vocal magic here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, More Than a Woman, Jive Talkin', and even A Fifth of Beethoven all sound great
  • It's no walk in the park to find a copy with sound this good and exceptionally quiet vinyl, but here it is
  • 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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B.B. King
To Know You Is To Love You

  (Item #: king_tokno_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are stunning - big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical yet still pretty clear, spacious and open
  • "The combination of King and the well-oiled Philly rhythm section that powered hits by the O'Jays, Spinners, and Stylistics proved a surprisingly adroit one. Two huge hits came from this album, the Stevie Wonder/Syreeta Wright-penend title track and "I Like to Live the Love," both of them intriguing updates of King's tried-and-true style." - All Music
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul

  (Item #: vaughsoult_1907_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Bill Withers
Menagerie

  (Item #: withemenag_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound for Menagerie with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this album
  • These sides are smooth, relaxed and full-bodied - practically no other copy in our shootout had this kind of exceptionally natural, analog sound
  • Includes Withers' signature hit, "Lovely Day" as well as "Lovely Night For Dancing"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... an assured return to form by one of soul's greatest singer/songwriters of the '70s... this is an easy record to like, after all, with a consistent tone and a soothing vibe, plus a good set of songs."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Marvin Gaye
In Our Lifetime

  (Item #: gaye_inour_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Gaye's final Motown album makes its Hot Stamper debut with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both sides here are outstanding -- clean, clear, spacious and present with wonderfully full vocals and a huge bottom end
  • 4 stars: "Although no song is especially brilliant here, the level of Gaye's musical sense and his vocal prowess carry him throughout. In Our Lifetime is one of his finest later albums and captures him as his craft was maturing and becoming more multifaceted."
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Now

  (Item #: frankaretha_now_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this original Atlantic Green and Blue label LP with both sides earning a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Practically UNHEARD of vinyl for an original stereo pressing - I don't recall finding any early pressing that played this quietly
  • These original pressings give Aretha's voice a Tubey Magical, relaxed quality that's simply not to be found on the reissues, as good as those may be in other ways
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... this still caught Aretha Franklin at the peak of her early form. Think, I Say a Little Prayer, See Saw, and I Can’t See Myself Leaving You were all big hits."
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought Muddy Waters' music to life right in our listening room
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording
  • A great lineup: Blues fans Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell are all featured here, along with many other British Bluesmen
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Roberta Flack
Feel Like Makin' Love

  (Item #: flackfeell_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb pressing of Feel Like Makin' Love boasts outstanding Double Plus A(++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • This vintage Atlantic pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern pressings barely BEGIN to reproduce - folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing any sign of coming back
  • "Capping off a string of early-'70s hits with this album's title track, Roberta Flack would soon take a sabbatical from the spotlight in 1975. And while she would return to the stage and studio, Flack never quite hit the heights of this and the handful of other MOR soul releases from the first half of the decade... Feel Like Making Love will still please the singer's dedicated fans."
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Odetta
At Town Hall

  (Item #: odettattow_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Here is an outstanding early stereo pressing of Odetta performing live - it boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout and plays as quietly as these Vanguard LPs ever do
  • Captured live in New York City in 1963, this superb pressing will transport a living, breathing Odetta right into your listening room
  • Forget whatever dead-on-arrival Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magical, you-are-there immediacy of this Odetta concert, this is the only way to go
  • The album features a wonderful mix of folk and blues, including "Let Me Ride," "Hound Dog," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER 2-pack boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's incredibly rich, full and tubey throughout, as Ray tackles both big band classics and string-backed ballads from the Great American Songbook, all with truly magical results
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Junior Wells
It's My Life

  (Item #: wellsitsmy_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Junior Wells' recording from Chicago in '66 (this is the read deal, folks!) with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger and bolder, with more bass, more energy, and more of that "you-are-there-immediacy" of a live performance that set the best vintage pressings apart from reissues, CDs, and whatever else might be out there
  • "Cut from the same cloth as Wells’ classic Hoodoo Man Blues LP from the same period, It’s My Life, Baby! captured the Junior Wells-Buddy Guy team in great form, both in the studio and live at Pepper’s Lounge on 43rd Street. This album tends a bit more towards slow blues, including a rare example of Wells’ chromatic harmonica playing on ‘Slow, Slow,’ but there are fine uptempo pieces..."
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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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B.B. King
L.A. Midnight

  (Item #: king_lamid_1906_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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