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White Hot Stamper

The Guess Who
American Woman

  (Item #: guessameri_1910_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • You'll find OUT OF THIS WORLD Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish on this Must Own album from The Guess Who
  • Big, rich and clear with plenty of energy, this copy is also fairly quiet for American Woman, which is surprisingly hard to find in good condition
  • Both the title track and "When Friends Fall Out" sound especially impressive on this domestic original
  • 4 Stars: "The Guess Who's most successful LP, reaching number nine in America (and charting for more than a year), has held up well... the final testament of the original Guess Who."
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White Hot Stamper

The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1907_11) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A killer copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second; you'll have a very hard time finding better sound for this album!
  • This copy is doing everything right -- rich and full-bodied with great presence, transparency and energy
  • Talk about WHOMP -- here's the kind of record that will greatly reward a system with a killer bottom end
  • 5 stars in Allmusic, a Top 100 Title, and without question The Who's Rock Masterpiece
  • ...there's anger and sorrow, humor and regret, passion and tumult, all wrapped up in a blistering package where the rage is as affecting as the heartbreak."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound for all four sides with solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our early Black Label British Track pressing here has the rich, spacious, Tubey Magical sound that has the power to immerse you in the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy named Tommy
  • Top 100, and clearly our pick for the best sounding album The Who ever made - when you play a copy that sounds as good as this one we think you'll have no problem seeing our point
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Guess Who
American Woman

  (Item #: guessameri_1910_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end on this Must Own album from The Guess Who
  • Big, rich and clear with plenty of energy, this copy is also fairly quiet for American Woman, which is exceedingly difficult to find in audiophile playing condition (and even this copy has a problem, see below)
  • Both the title track and "When Friends Fall Out" sound especially impressive on this domestic original
  • 4 stars: "The Guess Who's most successful LP, reaching number nine in America (and charting for more than a year), has held up well... the final testament of the original Guess Who."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Who
Live At Leeds

  (Item #: who__livea_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A hard-rockin' copy - this British Track pressing boasts powerful Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The recording is huge and lively with startling dynamics and in-the-room-presence like nothing you've heard
  • Drums so solid, punchy and present they put to shame 99% of the rock records on the planet
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - no early British pressing will play any better than this one
  • Cited as the best live rock recording of all time by The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the BBC Q magazine, and Rolling Stone. In 2003, it was ranked number 170 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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Super Hot Stamper

The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this UK Track pressing
  • Mint Minus Minus is about as quiet as it gets for a well-cared-for, unscratched vintage UK copy (which is a great way to fly on Who's Next)
  • Exceptionally rich, lively and present with a strong bottom, this is a hard rockin' Who's Next like you will not believe
  • Here's the kind of record that rewards a system with plenty of low end and the ability to play at loud levels
  • 5 stars in Allmusic, a Top 100 Title, The Who's One True Rock Masterpiece, an album that rewards countless plays with pleasure
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White Hot Stamper

The Who
My Generation

  (Item #: who__mygen_1807_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This import pressing is killer, with more correct tonality, dramatically less distortion and much more energy than anything you've heard, guaranteed
  • Some tracks do sound better than others, but that’s par for the course with early Who material
  • "An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Who
Quadrophenia

  (Item #: who__quadr_1910) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides of this British Track pressing
  • Quadrophenia - a Top 100 Title - is the last of the truly great Who albums, and you won't believe how good it sounds here
  • If you want to hear this music explode out of the speakers and come to life the way The Who intended it to, just set the volume good and high and let 'er rip
  • 5 stars: "Some of Townshend's most direct, heartfelt writing is contained here, and production-wise it's a tour de force, with some of the most imaginative use of synthesizers on a rock record."
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Super Hot Stamper

David Bowie
The Man Who Sold The World

  (Item #: bowiemanwh_1909) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This UK RCA copy is outstanding - both sides earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big space, breathy vocals, grungy guitars and plenty of Ken Scott's luscious Tubey Magic makes this album a true audiophile treat
  • As it says on the back of the jacket, "Many thanks to our engineer Ken (Scott, one of our favorites)."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the first time, Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Who
My Generation

  (Item #: who__mygen_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish on this killer MONO British pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our Virgin UK import here is superb on both sides - clear and solid with the presence and hard-rockin' energy this music deserves
  • We've rarely heard these songs sound better than they do here - forget the domestic pressings, as well as anything that's supposed to be stereo of course
  • 5 stars: "An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. ... At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. The Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record."
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Super Hot Stamper (with issues)

The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1909_1x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this vintage Decca pressing
  • Exceptionally rich, lively and present with a strong bottom, this is a hard rockin' Who's Next like you will not believe
  • Here's the kind of record that rewards a system with plenty of low end and the ability to play at loud levels
  • 5 stars in Allmusic, a Top 100 Title, The Who's One True Rock Masterpiece, an album that rewards countless plays with pleasure
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Super Hot Stamper

The Who
Who By Numbers

  (Item #: who__whoby_1804_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy with strong Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Glyn Johns' MAGIC is on display here, with open mics in a big studio space creating the 3-D Soundscapes we love
  • Features two of their most iconic songs, Slip Kid and Squeezebox, and both sound great on this copy
  • 4 Stars - Rolling Stone raves: "They may have made their greatest album in the face of [their personal problems]. But only time will tell."
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David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: bowiemanwh_2015) 



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

The sound is rich and full, just the way the Brits like it. The heavy compression that both Bowie and Scott favor works its magic at every turn, adding fatness and richness and lovely harmonics to the guitars and the drums.

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The Sheffield Track Record

Who in His Right Mind Thinks This Is a Super Disc?

  (Item #: variotrack_65720) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing.

This is a Minty looking Sheffield Lab LP of Rock Instrumental Tracks For Audio Component Testing and Evaluation. Harry Pearson calls this absolutely the best sounding rock record ever made. This famous TAS Super Disc record is getting quite hard to find, especially in this kind of collector quality condition.

We cannot agree with HP as to the recording quality of this album. The sound is surprisingly compressed, and the music is every bit as lifeless as the sound.

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The Turn Up Your Volume Test

Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_loud) 



Yet another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Now if you like to play records at 70 db, little of the following discussion will make much sense. There are some dumb ideas floating out there in Audiophile land, but playing music at quiet levels surely has to be one of the dumbest.

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The Who - Live at Leeds

None Rocks Harder

  (Item #: who__livea_rocks_harder) 



The best copies of Live at Leeds just plain ROCK HARDER than other copies. Yes, they're bigger. Yes, they have more weight and whomp down low. Yes, they are smoother and more natural up top.

But what really sets them apart is their tremendous energy. The music EXPLODES out of the speakers and comes to life on the best copies of Live at Leeds like few records you have ever heard. When we find that kind of power and energy on a record, all other things being equal, we know their stampers are White Hot.

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The Who - Live at Leeds

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: who__livea_2013) 



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.

TWO STUNNING A+++ SIDES! Get ready to rock out, as this is one of the BEST SOUNDING live albums ever recorded. Young Man Blues on a copy such as this has drums that are so solid, punchy and present they positively put to shame the drum sound on 99 out of 100 rock records you've ever played. Keith Moon lives on!

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The Who - Live at Leeds

Universal Debunked

  (Item #: who__livea_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame Pressing

Universal Records 180 gram LP. Flat as a pancake sound. The CD almost has to be better.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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The Who - Quadrophenia (2 180g LPs)

Universal Import Recommended Circa 2000

  (Item #: who__quadr_universal) 



Sonic Grade: B

Wow! This Minty Universal Heavy Vinyl pressing from circa 2000 (the turn of the century!) is superb, not all that far from a good Track original, and quieter for sure.

Side One rocks incredibly hard from start to finish. What a great album. It has to rank right up there with the best rock of the '70s, right behind Who's Next and probably on a par with Tommy, good company indeed, since we LOVE all three of those albums here at Better Records. (Both Tommy and Who's Next are Top 100 Titles, but Quadrophenia is not far behind either of them for sound or music.

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The Who - Quadrophenia

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: who__quadr_2012) 



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 may be the best sounding copy to ever hit the site - White Hot on 3 sides, and nearly White on the 4th! The sound is so BIG, rich, and powerful it will surely make you rethink the recording itself. When the sound is this immersive your experience of the music becomes breathtakingly REAL. One of the True Must Own Classics by the band.

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The Who - Quadrophenia

None Rocks Harder

  (Item #: who__quadr_rocks) 



What do you hear on the best Hot Stampers of Quadrophenia?

The sine qua non of rock records is that they rock. The rock records that earn the highest grades here at Better Records are usually the ones that have the most energy and power. Transparency, Presence, Clarity, Tubey Magic, Sweetness and other favorites of the audiophile community are very important qualities in a record, but all of them pale in comparison to raw power when it comes to rock and roll.

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The Who - Quadrophenia

What to Listen For

  (Item #: who__quadr_wtlf) 



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

On the best copies the energy factor is OFF THE CHARTS. The highs are silky sweet, the bottom end is meaty, the drums are punchy and the vocals are present and tonally correct. The piano has real weight, the synths float breathily in the air, and there's wonderful three-dimensional depth to the soundfield.

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The Who - The Who Sell Out

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: who__who_sell_classic_records) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP debunked.

Not our idea of good sound. The only Classic Who record we ever carried was Who's Next, which is actually pretty good -- we gave it a B. (I suspect it would earn a lower grade now; we had lower standards for Heavy Vinyl back then.)

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The Who - Tommy

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: who__tommy_2008) 



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

This British Track Black Label pressing DEMOLISHED our expectations for this album. I don’t think I’ve ever heard The Who sound this good.

Three out of four sides rate our top grade of A+++, and side three ain't far behind at A++. What do such high grades give you for this album? Tubey magical guitars, silky vocals with lots of texture, unbelievable weight to the bottom end, "you are there" immediacy, BIG drums sound, OFF THE CHARTS rock and roll energy, and shocking clarity and transparency.

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The Who - Tommy

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: who__tommy_classic) 



Sonic Grade: C

Another Classic Records LP debunked.

The Classic Tommy is bass shy. It could have had amazing bass, like their Who's Next, but it doesn't. Why, I have no idea. The overall sound is thin, so thin that we immediately knew there was no point in carrying it (back in the bad old days when we carried Heavy Vinyl). The only Classic Who record we ever carried was Who's Next; the rest of them vary from mediocre to dreadful.

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The Who - Tommy

Simply Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: who__tommy_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: B

One of the BEST titles on Simply Vinyl! Better than the Classic version, that’s for sure. This one has the bass that’s all but missing from the new 200 gram pressing.

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The Who - Tommy

The Making of the Album

  (Item #: who__tommy_depth) 



DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND BOY

Liner Notes for the Remix by Richard Barnes

In 1966, three years before the original release of this album, Pete Townshend played a tape of a spoof song called 'Gratis Amatis' to Who manager Kit Lambert. The 10-minute aria consisted of high-pitched Goon Show voices singing 'Gratis Amatis' over and over for what seemed like an hour. As they fell about laughing, a friend said, "It's a rock opera", which caused more laughter. Suddenly Lambert stopped laughing and looked thoughtful. "Now there's an idea," he said.

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The Who - Who Are You

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: who__whoar_2013) 



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

A nearly White Hot side two (with an incredibly dynamic Who Are You to close out the album) backed with a Super Hot side one make this by far the best copy we have ever offered on the site. Forget the domestic pressings, forget the DD Labs half-speed, forget whatever lame reissues have come or will come down the pike -- if you want to hear this album right, a Hot Stamper British pressing is the only way to go.

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The Who - Who By Numbers

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: who__whoby_classic) 



Sonic Grade: C

Another Classic Records LP reviewed.

It's not just bass that separates the Real Thing from the Classic Reissue. It's WEIGHT, fullness, the part of the frequency range from the lower midrange to the upper bass, that area that spans roughly 150 to 600 cycles. It's what makes Daltry's voice sound full and rich, not thin and modern. It's what makes the drums solid and fat the way Johns intended. The good copies of Who's Next and Quadrophenia have plenty of muscle in this area, and so do the imports we played.

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The Who - Who By Numbers

More Bass or More Detail, Which Is Right?

  (Item #: who__whoby_wtlf_2015) 



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

With Doug Sax mastering from the real tape, you get a Rock Solid Bottom End like you will not believe. Talk about punchy, well-defined and deep, man, this record has BASS that you sure don't hear too often on rock records.

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The Who - Who’s Next

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: who__whosn_2010) 



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

TWO AMAZING sides on QUIET vinyl -- a stunning A+++ Off the Charts, Hard To Beat, Shootout Winning side two mated to a superb A++ to A+++ side one! This week we sat down for an all day MASSIVE shootout for Who’s Next, a true Glyn Johns Classic and undeniably one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

This Decca Colorband Original pressing BLEW OUR MINDS with phenomenal sound from start to finish -- check out the BIG, BOLD, Rock ’em Sock ’em bottom end energy! No other pressing we played had this kind of POWER down below. If you’re ready to really rock out with The Who, this White Hot Stamper is your ticket to ride.

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The Who - Who’s Next

Classic Records Reviewed

  (Item #: who__whosn_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: B-

At one time we did not recommend this record but now we do! Without going into the sordid details, let''s just say this record sounds pretty good. The acoustic guitars are especially sweet and silky for a modern reissue. The sound is better than most of the pressings of Who's Next I've ever played. Clearly this is is one of the better Classic Records rock records. (It's the only Who record they've done that we carried. The others are awful.)

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The Who - Who’s Next

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: who__whosn_obsess) 



WHO'S NEXT 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 a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

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The Who Letter of the Week

No Record I Own Ever Did That!

  (Item #: who__whosn_testimonial_0409) 



This week’s letter came from a long time customer of ours, Dan. When he ordered this album he left the following note in his order comments - This is one of my favorite albums of all time!! One of my personal desert island discs. Can’t wait to hear it!. I’m not sure his ears were prepared for what was about to happen though. Read on to see what Dan thought of his Very Hot Who’s Next.(We have added the headings you see between the paragraphs.)
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Which Album by The Who Has the Best Sound?

We Think It's Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_sounds_best) 



I don't know of another Who album with such consistently good sound -- song to song, not copy to copy, of course. Just about every song on here can sound wonderful on the right pressing. If you're lucky enough to get a Hot Stamper copy, you're going to be blown away by the Tubey Magical Guitars, the rock-solid bottom end, the jumpin'-out-of-the-speakers presence and dynamics, and the silky vocals and top end. Usually the best we can give you for The Who is "Big and Rockin," but on Tommy, we can give you '60s analog magic like you will rarely hear in the decades to follow.

Acoustic guitar reproduction is key to this recording, and on the best copies the harmonic coherency, the richness, the body and the phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic can be heard in every strum.

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The Who

  (Item #: _Who) 


The Who albums in stock

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