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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Stephen Stills' Must Own Masterpiece (and only good solo album) with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge, lively, rich and tubey, with unusually high resolution for the big choruses on side one (the toughest test!)
  • Love the One You're With and Sit Yourself Down are to die for, but there's really not a bad track on the album
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halverson and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are both landmarks of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Jimi Hendrix
Electric Ladyland

  (Item #: hendrelect_1908_11) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • With 10.5 pluses out of a possible 12, this is one of the best copies from our recent shootout
  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on sides one, three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second side
  • Probably the best-recorded of Hendrix's studio albums - huge studio space and Tubey Magical richness are key to the shootout winners like this one
  • 5 stars: "...not only one of the best rock albums of the era, but also Hendrix's original musical vision at its absolute apex."
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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1906_11) 

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


  • A stunning Shootout Winning copy of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three-dimensional psychedelic world all its own
  • Nature's Way, Animal Zoo and Mr. Skin all sound amazing on this copy - there's really not a bad track to be found
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums ... enriched by meaty horn arrangements, imaginative vocal harmonies, and a structured approach to psychedelic studio trickery such as stereo panning and tapes run backward."
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Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1909_11ex) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning British copy of this shockingly well recorded album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are KILLER - huge and tubey with presence, size and space we guarantee you have never heard on this record in your life
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must-Own Classic - exceptionally vinyl too
  • City to City is truly an Undiscovered Gem - no right-thinking audiophile can fail to be impressed by the songwriting and production of Rafferty's Masterpiece of British Folk Pop
  • You won't believe how rich, Tubey Magical, big, undistorted and present this copy is (until you play it anyway)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Rafferty's turns of phrase and tight composition skills create a fresh sound and perspective all his own... resulting in a classic platter buoyed by many moments of sheer genius."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1911) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • You'll find KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this copy of the band's debut album; exceptionally quiet vinyl too*
  • The sound is shockingly rich, full and solid yet still incredibly clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1907_10ex) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • A Big As Life copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides - I've Seen All Good People is mindblowing on this side one
  • You haven't begun to hear the power and size of Yes's brilliant third album until you've played one of our Shootout Winning early domestic pressings
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound absolutely amazing too, just not as smooth and rich)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet vinyl)

Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of Sarah Vaughan's 1960 release - exceptionally rare quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer Hot Stamper reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • And please don't confuse the good reissues we offer from decades past with the mediocre crap being pressed today - there is no simply no comparison, not for sound anyway
  • "Trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison contributes some soft, melodic trumpet but the focus is very much on the singer during such numbers as 'The More I See You,' 'Star Eyes,' 'My Ideal,' and 'Crazy He Calls Me.'"
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Lou Reed
Transformer

  (Item #: reed_trans_1901_5_10ex) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent sound for Lou Reed's Glam Rock Classic, Transformer - this copy earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Here is an import pressing with the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • Transformer is an absolute tour de force of well-recorded Seventies Glam Rock / Classic Rock / Alternative Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain."
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1907_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
  • 5 stars: "...what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music... no other record defines [Pink Floyd] quite as well as this one."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

  (Item #: rolliletit_1908_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and playing on exceptionally QUIET vinyl, this is a KILLER vintage pressing showcasing the Stones at the peak of their powers
  • Unlike Sticky Fingers, this is a record we can actually find in audiophile playing condition (without having to charge a fortune for the privilege of hearing it right)
  • Love In Vain is one of the best sounding Stones songs ever recorded - the acoustic guitar harmonics and the rich whomp of the snare prove indisputably that Glyn Johns is one of the Engineering Greats
  • Top 100, 5 stars - Jason McNeil wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made." [Add Sticky Fingers to complete the trilogy.]
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The Rolling Stones
Aftermath

  (Item #: rolliafter_1907_10) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • This stunning copy earned shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • Lady Jane, Under My Thumb and Mother's Little Helper are three of the best sounding tracks on side one - all are big, lively and solid here
  • Their first all-original album, 5 stars on Allmusic, and the earliest Must Own Stones album in our opinion
  • "The Rolling Stones finally delivered a set of all-original material with this LP, which also did much to define the group as the bad boys of rock & roll..."
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1906_8_10) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • WOW! Amazing sound throughout with both sides earning top Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • The drums have real snap to them - fast, clean percussion is critical to Santana's music and this copy delivers
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history - a personal favorite to this very day
  • "Santana combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues - and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways." Rolling Stone
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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Reunion

  (Item #: armstgreat_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of this 1963 collaboration, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers, with rich, smooth sound
  • We remember the Classic pressing as being a very good sounding record but make no mistake, this is a GREAT sounding one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of the best things about this configuration is the sound of the Duke’s piano - an underrated pianist, he seldom recorded in such an intimate context."
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Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding British pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage British import has the richness, the space and the effortlessly extended top end that let's Meddle work its experimental proggy magic
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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White Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1908_10) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • A stunning British copy of this shockingly well recorded album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Absolutely KILLER sound - huge and tubey with presence, size and space we guarantee you have never heard on this record in your life
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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White Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1910) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A killer copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on all four sides - 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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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1901_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Shootout Winner - Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound remotely this good
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this killer copy
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1902_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1908_10) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A wonderful early pressing of this hard-rockin' Doors album, with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare, this is the way you want to hear the Doors' Bluesy Rock
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_1811_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on all four sides, this copy delivers top quality sound for this famously difficult recording
  • Some of our favorite Clapton songs are here: Bell Bottom Blues, Tell The Truth, Little Wing, Layla and Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
  • One of the most difficult albums to find audiophile sound for, but a lot easier for us now that we know what pressings can actually sound good
  • Clapton's greatest album: "But what really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion."
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1909x) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • Good luck finding an early import that plays this quietly - the surfaces of this LP are about as clean as they come, and no marks that play!
  • This import is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
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Andrew Gold - What's Wrong With This Picture?

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: gold_whats_2015) 



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

The best copies of Gold's sophomore release are incredibly rich, sweet and Tubey Magical. They also have tons of deep punchy bass and wonderfully breathy vocals.

If you own many Asylum records, you know this title is yet another example of classic Asylum Analog. Think of the sound of the Eagles first album and you won't be far off.

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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_1910_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard on Rumours - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee Second Hand News, Dreams, Never Going Back Again, Don't Stop and Go Your Own Way will sound better than you've ever heard them or your money back
  • When you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we consider Rumours a Better Records Top 100 Demo Disc
  • 5 stars: "Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time."
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McDonald and Giles
McDonald and Giles

  (Item #: mcdonmcdon_1905_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this very well recorded proggy album
  • These early UK pressed sides are full of the kind of Tubey Magic that makes us (and other right-thinking audiophiles) swoon - thanks Brian Humphries!
  • If you like early King Crimson - they were in the band don't you know - you will surely get a big kick out of this one-of-a-kind sleeper from 1970
  • 4 stars: "The main attraction is really the performances turned in by McDonald and the Giles brothers -- they all sound fabulous..."
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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Stephen Stills' Must Own Masterpiece (and only good solo album) with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • The sound is HUGE, lively, rich and tubey, with unusually high resolution for the big choruses on side two
  • Love the One You're With and Sit Yourself Down are to die for, but there's really not a bad track on the album
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halverson and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are both landmarks of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Listening to this album three decades on, it's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Perez Prado
Pops and Prado

  (Item #: pradopopsa_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound for this Living Stereo pressing with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades and playing about as quietly as any RCA from 1959 ever does
  • These sides are unbelievably Tubey Magical, dynamic and spacious - this is vintage Analog Exotica at its best
  • Credit for the Demo Disc sound of this one must go to one of our favorite engineers, Bob Simpson, here working with the glorious acoustics of Webster Hall
  • "... the use of two organs, or double the signature sound of the next phase of Prado, is significant and very effective. This is more fun than any of his previous attempts at safe commercialism."
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David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust

  (Item #: bowieziggy_1910_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish, this pressing will show you just how good Ziggy Stardust can sound in analog
  • The stage is huge and the Tubey Magic has to be heard to be believed - this is the pinnacle of sound for Glam Rock
  • Until you hear one of these amazing British pressings you simply cannot know what you are missing
  • 5 Stars in AMG, a Rock & Pop Top 100 album, and Ken Scott's engineering masterpiece all rolled into one
  • "Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam."
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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early domestic copy which earned excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • When you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we consider Rumours a Better Records Top 100 Demo Disc
  • Forget the dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl remaster - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this gazillion selling Must Own album, this is the only way to go
  • 5 stars: "Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time."
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1811_6_10) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on the title track or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich, warm and tubey the sound is
  • The top copies of Comes a Time are the sonic equal of the best recordings in Neil's catalog
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest, an acoustic-based record with country overtones and romantic, autobiographical lyrics, and many of those fans returned to the fold, enough to make Comes a Time Young's first Top Ten album since Harvest."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1904_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece, with Double Plus (A++) sonic grades guaranteed to rock your world
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three dimensional psychedelic world of its own
  • Nature's Way, Animal Zoo and Mr. Skin all sound amazing on this copy - there's really not a bad track to be found
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums ... enriched by meaty horn arrangements, imaginative vocal harmonies, and a structured approach to psychedelic studio trickery such as stereo panning and tapes run backward."
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King Crimson
Lizard

  (Item #: kingclizar_1802_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding Island pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound for King Crimson's jazzy followup to their groundbreaking debut - the genesis of Prog Rock in fact
  • Every bit the sonic equal of the first album - if colorful Big Production Jazzy Prog Rock (with mellotron!) is your thing you can't go wrong here
  • This early UK pressing plays as quietly as any we have ever heard - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus (with one small issue, see below)
  • "Lizard is very consciously jazz-oriented -- the influence of Miles Davis (particularly Sketches of Spain) being especially prominent -- and very progressive, even compared with the two preceding albums."
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our shootout
  • Both sides have the vintage analog sound we love - rich and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic and studio space
  • Arguably their best album, certainly their most groundbreaking, original and involving - Low Spark would rank a close second
  • "...the band sounds utterly grounded. As the grooves percolate effortlessly along, it becomes clear that unity, not any technical skill, is what makes the music levitate."
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Benny Carter
Swingin' the '20s

  (Item #: carteswing_1907_1_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two superb sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this Contemporary pressing was one of the better we played in our recent shootout
  • These excellent sides are so much bigger and more open, with more bass and energy - the saxes and trumpets are immediate and lively
  • Mr. Earl Hines himself showed up, a man who knows this music like nobody's business - Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne round out the quartet
  • "Great musicians produce great results, and most of the LP's tracks were done in one or two takes. The result is 'a spontaneous, swinging record of what happened' when Carter met Hines 'for the first time. . . .'"


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Eagles
On The Border

  (Item #: eagleonthe_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer British SYL copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it and exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this criminally underrated California Country Rock Classic
  • If you've never heard one of these early UK pressings on the SYL white label you have simply never heard this album sound the way it should (or even close)
  • You Never Cry Like A Lover and The Best Of My Love (their first No. 1) have Glyn Johns patented DEMO DISC quality sound and then some
  • We're HUGE fans of the album here at Better Records; it's some of the most sophisticated, well-crafted, heartfelt music these guys ever made, and that's saying a lot coming from us - we've been big fans for decades
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Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story (Broadway Cast)

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: bernswests_broadway_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

SUPERB sound can be found on these two Columbia stereo pressings of the Broadway Cast recording. This is a huge, spacious, natural, exciting All-Tube Golden Age recording that impressed us no end here at Better Records.

We heard an amazing sounding copy many years ago, and the only reason we haven't done the shootout since then is that we just couldn't find enough clean copies with which to do it. To be clear, we're not talking quiet vinyl, we're talking about not beat-to-death, not all-scractched-up vinyl. People loved this music and they played the hell out of it.

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Eagles
Desperado

  (Item #: eagledespe_1905_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's sophomore release boasts Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original White Label Asylum pressing has huge amounts of Tubey Magic, a strong bass foundation, and plenty of space around the guitars and voices - man, that is our sound!
  • This is the second-best sounding Eagles record of all time, no doubt thanks to the engineering of our man Glyn Johns
  • "A solid country-rock classic... the music stands the test of time, especially when Desperado is heard in its entirety, from start to finish."
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David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust

  (Item #: bowieziggy_1910) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this pressing will show you just how good Ziggy Stardust can sound in analog
  • The stage is huge and the Tubey Magic has to be heard to be believed - this is the pinnacle of sound for Glam Rock
  • Until you hear one of these amazing British pressings you simply cannot know what you are missing
  • 5 Stars in AMG, a Rock & Pop Top 100 album, and Ken Scott's engineering masterpiece all rolled into one
  • "Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam.
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Dave Mason
Alone Together

  (Item #: masonalone_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mason's Masterpiece boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Listen to how big and rich the dynamic chorus gets on the first track, Only You Know and I Know - what a thrill to hear it like that
  • A killer Bruce Botnick recording - Tubey Magical Analog, smooth and natural, with the whole production sitting on a rock solid bottom-end foundation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Alone Together represents Dave Mason at his peak... everything comes together perfectly."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1910) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This Six Eye Stereo Columbia impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington had truly mastered
  • A near-perfect demonstration of just how good 1958 All Tube Analog sound can be - no modern record can hold a candle to a pressing as good as this one
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is going to be hard to beat
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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1906_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: ledze3_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to rock like nothing you have ever heard
  • Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and That's the Way are just a few of the tracks that have truly Demo Disc sound
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth."
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1906_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, this was one of the best copies in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is country rockin' like crazy, with full-bodied, smooth, tonally correct, hi-rez sound
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1910) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound or BETTER on both sides of this shockingly underrated album - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The band is swinging, the material top-notch - Domino, Crazy Face, Blue Money and other classics are right here
  • The Best Sounding Van Morrison Album - a classic of 1970 Tubey Magical analog - and his only title to make our Top 100
  • "As 'Domino' opens the album with a show of strength, 'Street Choir' closes it with a burst of both musical and poetic energy which is not only better than anything else on the album but may well be one of Van's two or three finest songs." Rolling Stone
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER, this is a killer copy of a wonderful sounding, shockingly underrated album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The band is swinging, the material top-notch - Domino, Crazy Face, Blue Money and other classics are right here
  • We vote this The Best Sounding Van Morrison Album - a classic of 1970 Tubey Magical analog - and his only title to make our Top 100
  • "As 'Domino' opens the album with a show of strength, 'Street Choir' closes it with a burst of both musical and poetic energy which is not only better than anything else on the album but may well be one of Van's two or three finest songs." Rolling Stone
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Procol Harum
Broken Barricades

  (Item #: procobroke_1711_4_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout and the first copy to hit the site in many years, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Looking for some proggy music that falls somewhere between Jethro Tull and Supertramp, with sonic credentials to match the recordings of those very well-recorded bands? Well, look no further
  • This early UK press is full of the Tubey Magic and studio space that makes the band's recordings the joy they are to play on a heavily-tweaked audiophile rig
  • "Simple Sister... is truly glorious, with Robin Trower's frightening lead guitar work juxtaposed nicely against a wonderful string arrangement."
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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1906_10) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Two insanely good sides for this superbly recorded Doors album, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with Morrison's rich vocals well reproduced and especially Tubey Magical
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and vinyl that's scratch free
  • "Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid... This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse ..."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1812_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, the sound is huge and powerful - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is the mindblowing Prog Rock Power of Yes on brilliant songs including Yours Is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper and I've Seen All Good People
  • Based on the 100 plus copies we've played over the years, this is as quiet as they come
  • Top 100 - the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile is right up there with it)
  • "It was the addition of Steve Howe's guitar pyrotechnics that finally allowed Yes to find their true identity. The Yes Album is a giant leap forward..."
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Taj Mahal
Giant Step / De Ole Folks at Home

  (Item #: mahalgiant_1906_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: band_band_1910ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this is an outstanding copy of an absolutely essential album
  • Big bass, rich meaty guitars and smooth silky vocals make this a Band album like you have never heard before
  • Energy, presence, transparency, Tubey Magic - you name it, you will find it here
  • 5 stars: "As had been true of the first album, it was the Band's sound that stood out the most... The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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David Bowie
Pin-Ups

  (Item #: bowiepinup_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of this Classic Bowie album from 1973 with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides have phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to the engineering of Ken Scott
  • The bottom end is huge, as would be expected from anything Ken recorded, and if you don't believe me, check out Baby You're a Rich Man off MMT
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite Sixties hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he's a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1910_1ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This KILLER early mono pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Shockingly Tubey Magical and solid, with huge amounts of studio space - the vocals are sweet and breathy and the overall sound is rich and full
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Here is a copy with especially smooth, present, breathy vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records, and the sound that the modern reissue too often fails to capture
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb early mono pressing which offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Julie is in the room with you - intimate, breathy and Tubey Magical like nothing you've ever heard (especially if you own the Heavy Vinyl reissue)
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

(UK Island)

  (Item #: stevecatch_1903_10_island) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: youngcomes_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy of Neil Young's 1978 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Drop the needle on Comes A Time or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich, warm and Tubey Magical the sound is
  • The best copies of Comes a Time, like this one, are the sonic equal of the best recordings in Neil's catalog - that's saying a lot
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest, an acoustic-based record with country overtones and romantic, autobiographical lyrics, and many of those fans returned to the fold, enough to make Comes a Time Young's first Top Ten album since Harvest."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely...

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or better, this copy was getting Pepper to sound the way we like it - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way you want to hear Sgt. Pepper
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing like this kind of Tubey Magic, space and energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 Title and AMG 5 stars: "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Eagles
Eagles

  (Item #: eagleeagle_1905_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A truly killer early pressing, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • You will be floored by the huge, rich, Tubey Magical guitars exploding out from your speakers on Take It Easy
  • One of the Best Sounding Rock Records Ever Made, a member of our Top Ten and without a doubt Glyn Johns' engineering (and producing) Masterpiece
  • A Top 100 Tubey Magical Demo Disc that is guaranteed to blow your mind on a pressing that sounds as good as this one does
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Martin Denny - Exotica

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: dennyexotica_2011) 



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

This second label very quiet Liberty Stereo LP has at least Super Hot Stamper EXOTIC SOUND on both sides, with a side two that may be White Hot. It's hard to know for sure whether side two can get any better than this -- it's pretty darn amazing, some of the most Magically Delicious sound we played in our recent shootout.

Recorded in 1958, you can imagine there is a healthy amount of Tubey Magical richness and sweetness, although this second label copy seems to be cut a bit more cleanly and correctly than some of the first label Denny records we auditioned. The tonality is dead on the money, a quality that the most tubey recordings rarely exhibit; they can easily get overly lush and appear murky.


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Martin Denny - Exotica: Vol. 2

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: dennyexoti_2014) 



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

This Liberty '60s Label Stereo LP has Hot Stamper EXOTIC SOUND on both sides. The cover says it's The Ultimate in Transistorized Stereophonic Hi-Fidelity Sound, but I hear an awful lot of Tubey Magical richness and sweetness. The tonality is actually right on the money, a quality that the heavily tubey recordings rarely exhibit: they can easily get overly lush and turn murky.

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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_2017) 



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

The sound is rich and full-bodied in the best tradition of a classic vintage jazz vocal album. You could easily demonstrate your stereo with a record this good! The space is HUGE and the sound so rich.

Prodigious amounts of Tubey Magic as well, which is key to the best sounding copies. The sound needs weight, warmth and tubes or you might as well be playing a CD.

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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_and_hart_1910ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Fitzgerald's second Songbook release finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on all four of these wonderful mono sides
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of swingin' energy
  • We would love to find you a quiet, amazing sounding copy, but that just does not seem to be in the cards
  • 5 stars: "The second of Ella Fitzgerald's famed Songbook series features her singing 34 of the best songs co-written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The arrangements by Buddy Bregman for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. "
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1905_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

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

  (Item #: youngafter_1905_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - guaranteed killer sound from first note to last
  • This is the vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic, Top 100, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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America
America

  (Item #: ameriameri_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This incredible copy of the band's debut album boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • One of our favorite Hippie Folk Rock albums - the instruments and voices seem to be right in your listening room
  • The Tubey Magical acoustic guitars on this record are a true test of stereo reproduction - thanks Ken Scott!
  • 4 stars: "America's debut album is a folk-pop classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg..."
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful early pressing of this hard-rockin' Doors album, with superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare, this is the way you want to hear the Doors' Bluesy Rock
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

  (Item #: bowiealadd_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage UK pressing of Bowie's 1973 post-Ziggy classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Remarkable for the richness, smoothness and warmth that the best Ken Scott Tube Recordings are renowned for
  • Plenty of Bowie Classics: Watch That Man; Aladdin Sane; Panic in Detroit; Cracked Actor; The Jean Genie; Lady Grinning Soul and more
  • "Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Pegg describes it as 'one of the most urgent, compelling and essential' of his releases."
  • Fun fact: Bowie "ruled the (British) album chart, accumulating an unprecedented 182 weeks on the list in 1973 with six different titles."
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1906_10) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout, this copy will be all but impossible to beat!
  • The sound is incredibly powerful from start to finish -- big, rich, full-bodied, present and lively -- thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite (with Triple Plus sound no less)
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1907_3_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • The sound is rich and lively, with solid brass and punchy drums - thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_3) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: steveteafo_1909_2) 

Our Price: $499.99

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

  (Item #: steelpretz_1909_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - reasonably 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; "Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one."
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1908_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound better
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this UK stereo pressing
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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Spirit
Clear

  (Item #: spiriclear_1711_4_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for Spirit's classic third album
  • These Hot Stampers give you the Tubey Magical sound that's missing from the CD and the Sundazed vinyl
  • Dark Eyed Woman was the big hit from this one, and it rocks with the kind of all-out psychedelic energy the band was known for
  • 4 Stars: "Several moments of brilliance that prove what a revolutionary band they were."
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Dave Mason
Alone Together

  (Item #: masonalone_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mason's Masterpiece boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Listen to how big and rich the dynamic chorus gets on the first track, Only You Know and I Know - what a thrill to hear it like that
  • A killer Bruce Botnick recording - Tubey Magical Analog, smooth and natural, with the whole production sitting on a rock solid bottom-end foundation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Alone Together represents Dave Mason at his peak... everything comes together perfectly."
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Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Trio

  (Item #: partotrio_1906_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - proof positive that Trio is a surprisingly well-recorded album
  • Big, rich, smooth, and sweet, how did George Massenburg pull off this kind of analog sound in 1987?
  • We don't know, but we do know good sound when we hear it, and we heard exceptionally good sound on this copy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...that rare example of an all-star collaborative effort that truly shows everyone involved to their best advantage, and it ranks with the best of all three headliners' work."
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Eagles
Desperado

  (Item #: eagledespe_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This very good copy of the band's sophomore release boasts Hot Stamper sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this early Asylum pressing is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • This is the second-best sounding Eagles record of all time, no doubt thanks to the engineering of our man Glyn Johns
  • "A solid country-rock classic... the music stands the test of time, especially when Desperado is heard in its entirety, from start to finish."
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1902_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound for this hard-to-find vintage stereo pressing
  • Ray's 1961 release here showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the now "controversial" Baby It's Cold Outside (no one has ever recorded it quite like these two), People Will Say We're In Love, Side By Side, and many more
  • 4 stars: "There is certainly a powerful, often sexy rapport between the two -- Charles in his sweet balladeering mode, Carter with her uniquely keening, drifting high register -- and they definitely create sparks in the justly famous rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside.""
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The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

  (Item #: rolliletit_1907_9) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • With two shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, here are the Stones at the peak of their career on a killer All Analog pressing
  • Love In Vain on a copy like this is one of the best sounding Rolling Stones songs of all time - it's Demo Quality here
  • The acoustic guitar harmonics and the rich whomp of the snare prove indisputably that Glyn Johns is one of the Greatest Rock Engineers who ever lived
  • Top 100, 5 stars - Jason McNeil of PopMatters wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are, "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made."
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Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1909_1_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding British copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage British import has the richness, the space and the effortlessly extended top end that let's Meddle work its experimental proggy magic
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (++) sound on both sides of this copy of the band's debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, and plenty of vintage British Tubey Magic
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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Elton John
Madman Across The Water

  (Item #: john_madma_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy of Madman with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find
  • A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and surfaces, which is why we so rarely have them on the site
  • The last of the classic albums Elton recorded at Trident, the best of which have more Tubey Magic than anything that came after
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again."
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Eagles
On The Border

  (Item #: eagleonthe_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer British SYL copy with Double Plus (A++) sound for this criminally underrated California Country Rock Classic
  • If you've never heard one of these early UK pressings on the SYL white label you have simply never heard this album sound the way it should (not even close)
  • You Never Cry Like A Lover and The Best Of My Love (their first No. 1) have Glyn Johns patented DEMO DISC quality sound and then some
  • We're HUGE fans of the album here at Better Records; it's some of the most sophisticated, well-crafted, heartfelt music these guys ever made, and that's saying a lot coming from us - we've been big fans for decades
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Hall and Oates
Abandoned Luncheonette

  (Item #: hallaaband_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) or better for Hall and Oates One True Masterpiece
  • Rich, sweet, open, and smooth, this is about as good as it gets on an early '70s multi-track popular recording
  • A Better Records favorite (Top 100 of course) and an absolute thrill when it sounds like this!
  • 5 stars: "Hall & Oates' second album was the first indication of the duo's talent for sleek, soul-inflected pop/rock. It featured the single 'She's Gone,' which would become a big hit in 1975 when it was re-released following the success of 'Sara Smile.'"
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: doobitoulo_1901_6_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer original Green Label pressing with amazing Tubey Magical Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Two of our favorite engineers - Stephen Barncard & Donn Landee - worked their magic here, and they really knocked it out of the park
  • Back in the '70s I had no idea that any pressing could be this punchy in the bass, this dynamic in the choruses, yet still have smooth, sweet vocals (partly because I heard it on crap equipment at Pacific Stereo)
  • 4 stars: "...it all still sounds astonishingly bracing 30 years later; it's still a keeper, and one of the most inviting and alluring albums of its era."
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1906_9) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: beachsurfs_1904_6_9) 

Our Price: $119.99
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  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this original Reprise pressing
  • They revolutionized the popular music of their day with their genius for harmony, and this copy gets their voices right
  • Includes classics Don't Go Near the Water, Long Promised Road, Till I Die, and of course the title smash hit, Surf's up
  • 4 stars: "A masterpiece [which] defined the Beach Boys' tumultuous career better than any other album ... The album closer, 'Surf's Up,' is a masterpiece of baroque psychedelia, probably the most compelling track from the Smile period."
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America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_1902_5_9ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - the first such copy we've found in almost two years (!)
  • This is a simply wonderful Green Label original pressing - big, rich and Tubey Magical with excellent transparency and breathy harmony and lead vocals
  • Some of the most tubey and warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for - this is the sound of real analog!
  • Ventura Highway sounds amazing here, as does everything else; it's a Demo Disc for acoustic guitars and vocals
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1904_6_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of this Traffic Classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to the last
  • Both sides have the vintage analog sound we love - rich and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic, bottom end weight and studio space
  • Arguably their best album, certainly their most groundbreaking, original and involving - Low Spark would rank a close second
  • "...the band sounds utterly grounded. As the grooves percolate effortlessly along, it becomes clear that unity, not any technical skill, is what makes the music levitate."
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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound for all four sides with solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish
  • 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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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1908x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to rock like nothing you have ever heard
  • Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and That's the Way are just a few of the tracks that have truly Demo Disc sound
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth."
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_2) 

Our Price: $599.99

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

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_1906_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding vintage import pressing of this Pink Floyd classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Demo Disc Quality Floyd Magic - big and present with life, clarity and richness like you have never heard for WYWH before
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, a Top 100 title and one that is RIDICULOUSLY tough to find with sound this good
  • "Showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular... the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling."
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Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

  (Item #: ledzehouse_1907_9) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning sounding copy that brings this album to an entirely different level, shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Wall to wall, floor to ceiling Led Zeppelin power -- this copy delivers in a way you will not believe
  • A Better Records Top 100 album (along with 4 other Zep titles), 5 Stars in AMG and a True Zeppelin Must Own Classic
  • "Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere..."
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