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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1806_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clear, present and dynamic, with a punchy bottom end - you'd be hard pressed to find a better sounding copy
  • Becker and Fagen spared no effort in the recording of this album - the mix is PERFECTION
  • A Top 100 Album and our pick for The Best Sounding Steely Dan Recording of Them All
  • 5 stars: "Becker and Fagen's craft has become seamless while remaining idiosyncratic and thrillingly accessible... Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one."
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White Hot Stamper

Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1904x) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard Pretzel Logic sound remotely as good as it does here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • In the Steely Dan canon, Pretzel Logic is the richest, most dynamic and most Tubey Magical of them all
  • Becker and Fagen spared no effort in the recording of this album - the mix is PERFECTION
  • A Top 100 Album and our pick for The Best Sounding Steely Dan Recording of Them All
  • 5 stars: "Becker and Fagen's craft has become seamless while remaining idiosyncratic and thrillingly accessible... Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one."
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Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: steelpretz_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This BEYOND White Hot side one (A++++) has nothing less than MASTER TAPE SOUND. Our Four Plus ranking is rare enough, but in this case it has the added benefit of conferring upon this very pressing the status of the BEST SOUNDING STEELY DAN RECORDING we have ever heard.

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Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: steelpretz_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

It’s positively criminal the way this amazingly well-recorded music sounds on the typical LP. And how can you possibly be expected to appreciate the music when it sounds like that?

The reason we audiophiles go through the trouble of owning and tweaking our temperamental equipment is we know how hard it is to appreciate good music which sounds bad. Bad sound is a barrier to understanding and enjoyment, to us audiophiles anyway.

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Steely Dan and Pretzel Logic

Donald Gets Dynamic on Rikki

  (Item #: steelpretz_listen) 



Rikki Don't Lose that Number -- yet another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

This is one knockout recording. After having done shootouts for every Steely Dan title, I can say that sonically this one has no equal in their canon.

Which is really saying something, since Becker and Fagen are known to be audiophiles themselves and real sticklers for sound. No effort in the recording of this album was spared, that I can tell you without fear of contradiction. They sweated the details on this one. The mix is PERFECTION.

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Steely Dan

The Parker's Band Saxophone Battle Listening Exercise

  (Item #: steelpretz_listen_1) 



Parker's Band -- another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

Take three or four Pretzel Logic pressings, clean them up and just play the saxophone battle we discuss below. You won't find any two copies that get those saxes to sound the same. We had twenty and no two sounded the same to us.

By far the TOUGHEST test on side two is the saxophone battle at the end of the song. If you've got a badly mastered or pressed copy it's sure to be an unmitigated sonic DISASTER: aggressive, hard, shrill, sour, irritating -- pick whatever adjective makes you wince, because wincing is exactly what you will find yourself doing with the typical ABC or MCA LP on your table.

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Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: steelpretz_obsess) 



PRETZEL LOGIC is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

This link will take you to all of our other STEELY DAN albums.


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Steely Dan Testimonial

... It Was Great Hearing Stuff I Never Heard Before ...

  (Item #: steelpretz_testimonial_) 



This week’s letter comes from our good friend Roger, who bought one of our Pretzel Logic Hot Stamper pressings. He gladly doled out his 200 clams, and here’s what he had to say:
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Steely Dan's Pretzelly Logic

Holy Shit! This Is a GREAT LP!

  (Item #: steelpretz_testimonial_0409) 


"I Took Tom’s Advice and Played It Real Loud."

One of our newest Hot Stamper converts, John R., a customer only since February, has already managed to acquire about a dozen of our best Hot Stamper LPs to the tune of many thousands of dollars. As we like to say, the best copies may not be cheap, but here at Better Records you most certainly get what you pay for. Just ask John. If I read him right what he got for his 650 clams was something that exceeded any expectation he might have had for it. Like we say ourselves sometimes: Who knew? How would anyone know this album could so this good? The average copy barely hints at the sound the engineers recorded.

Anyway, that’s our story. Now here’s John’s.


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Steely Dan Testimonial

... The best sounding rock album I’ve ever heard ...

  (Item #: steelpretz_testimonial_2007) 



This week’s entry is from our good friend Phil, who put a fresh twist on Pretzel Logic with his letter below, which includes the line

"An extraordinary melange of glorious guiltars, voices, drums." Yeah baby!

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Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic

Letters & Commentaries

  (Item #: steelpretz_testimonials_2015) 



Click HERE to see what our customers think of our amazing Hot Stamper pressings of Pretzel Logic
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Our Rock and Pop Top 100 List

  (Item #: top100) 



In 2014 we updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with ten new titles -- it had been two years since the last update. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the titles below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

You can see all of our in-stock Top 100 titles HERE.


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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2008 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2008_archive) 



Presenting the roughly one hundred BEST SOUNDING albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually FIND to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in 2008. (Those of you not on our email list will see whatever is leftover after the mailing.)

The list has gone through a number of changes already and will go through many more as we work through our schedule of Hot Stamper shootouts. Each of these listings is now a link to make it easy for you to find copies on the site that are actually in stock.

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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2011 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2011_archive) 



Presenting the roughly One Hundred BEST SOUNDING Albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually find to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in the coming months.


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The Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 for 2012

Not Just The Usual Suspects

  (Item #: top100_2012archive) 



It was a long time coming, but in 2012 we finally updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with over a dozen new titles. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the albums below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

You can see all of our in-stock Top 100 titles here.

Click here to sort the list alphabetically by artist.


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