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Elton John
Rock of the Westies

  (Item #: john_rocko_1901_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this is a Must Own Elton John classic
  • The music on this album has energy that surpasses any other Elton collection we've heard
  • Includes rockers like Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly); Island Girl; Street Kids and Hard Luck Story
  • "Rock of the Westies appears in retrospect to be his last great rock album. It certainly does rock consistently harder than any other John album..." - Amazon
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two SUPERB sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) for this MJ classic, with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded- 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 release - "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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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1905_1908_) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Both these UK sides have excellent sound for the band's 1970 Classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Only the Brit Harvest LPs such as this one are made from the actual master tape, and it sure ain't hard to hear the difference using the real tape makes
  • In our experience, these import pressings are the only way to hear the band with the big, rich, Tubey Magical sound they're famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Deep Purple's soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970's awesome In Rock."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Cotillion pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too, especially for this title
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding early British pressing with big, bold Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of rock and roll energy
  • Overflowing with great songs, way too many to list - Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR all sound killer here
  • A Top 100 Title: "...its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides of this copy of the band's debut album
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as 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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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Both sides of this British pressing boast outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound - they really ROCK
  • The low end speed and energy on this copy are crazy good - it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The best pressings, the ones that are full-bodied and smooth, let you crank the levels and reproduce the album good and loud the way it was meant to be heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band."
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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both these UK sides have excellent sound for the band's 1970 Classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Only the Brit Harvest LPs such as this one are made from the actual master tape, and it sure ain't hard to hear the difference using the real tape makes
  • In our experience, these import pressings are the only way to hear the band with the big, rich, Tubey Magical sound they're famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Deep Purple's soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970's awesome In Rock."
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Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • All four sides of this double album earned Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it for their Big, Bold Live Rock sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, a true Mint Minus on two sides
  • Mixed and mastered so that the guitar solos soar the way they do in live music -- what a thrill it is to hear them finally sounding the way they should
  • A killer copy like this one is a potent reminder of why we all went so crazy for this album back in the '70s - I did anyway
  • Allmusic agrees with us that many tracks here are "much more inspired, confident, and hard-hitting than the studio versions."
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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

  (Item #: blackblack_1806_1908_) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Green Label WB pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too!
  • Massive, powerful and spacious throughout - this copy of Black Sabbath's debut studio album is big, rich and solid like you won't believe
  • The best copies of the band's best album here are stunning Demo Discs - crank it up and your friends will be blown away by the size and the weight of this early, exceptionally clean pressing
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the best sounding hard rock recordings from the era, or, to be honest, from any era
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1809_1908) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Stunning shootout winning sound throughout, with both sides of this very special British pressing rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it - 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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Graham Nash
Songs For Beginners

  (Item #: nash_songs_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Traffic Hits you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We love the All Analog Tubey Magical sound of the recording, especially on a copy as rich and full-bodied as this one
  • Arguably the best of the solo CSN albums - a founding member of our Top 100 Rock and Pop List and, with grades like these, a True Demo Disc
  • 4 1/2 stars: "From the soaring "I Used to Be a King" through the gossamer "Simple Man" to the wah-wah-laden "Military Madness," the record is filled with gorgeous melodies, flawless singing, and lyrical complexities that hold up decades later."
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Jimi Hendrix
Electric Ladyland

  (Item #: hendrelect_1908_2) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • 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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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • 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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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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Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II

  (Item #: ledze2_1907_) 

Our Price: $999.99

  • A stunning copy that is absolutely guaranteed to rock your world like no other; QUADRUPLE Plus (A++++) on side one and nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two
  • This is freakishly good sound - we created a Top Ten list just to put this album on it
  • With clean copies selling for up to $1000+ on ebay, we're having to pay a fortune for the album these days
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever heard (they never are these days) but luckily there's plenty of EXCELLENT LOUD music to obscure the noise; no Inner Groove Distortion either
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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll hear massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy on this copy - both sides rated Double Plus (A++) for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is a pressing with the power, the dynamic contrasts, the low end whomp, as well as the in-the-room midrange presence (pun only slightly intended) you 've been waiting for
  • Featuring a stripped down, harder rock sound, Presence really benefits from the killer bottom end found on this early LP
  • "Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute Achilles Last Stand and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute Tea for One."
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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_1907_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this outstanding copy of Zep's final release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's all here: huge amounts of rock-solid bass, grungy guitars, breathy, natural vocals, and jump out of the speakers presence and energy
  • Fool In The Rain and All My Love are two of the best, and best sounding, tracks on the album
  • "The album's opening number, 'In the Evening,' with its stomping rhythms and heavy, staggered riffs, suggests that Zeppelin haven't deviated from their course, but by the time the rolling shuffle of 'South Bound Suarez' kicks into gear, it's apparent that they've regained their sense of humor."
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Joe Jackson
Night and Day

  (Item #: jacksnight_1809_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Killer nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, close to our Shootout Winner - this pressing is bigger, punchier and livelier than any you've heard
  • Rich solid piano tone, lively drums, tight powerful bass, and strong vocal presence - it's all here and more
  • From that opening big drum on 'Another World', you'll know this pressing has the Night and Day magic
  • Joe Jackson's masterpiece, Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "...his blend of percolating Latin rhythms, jazzy horns and pianos, stylish synths, and splashy pop melodies uncannily feel like a bustling, glitzy evening in the big city."
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King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

  (Item #: kingcinthe_1907_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's debut album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, warm and Tubey Magical, with breath and presence on the vocals, surrounded by studio space
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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Van Halen
Diver Down

  (Item #: vanhadiver_1804_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Van Halen's fifth studio album
  • Surprisingly big, lively, open, rich and present with real extension both up top and down low - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This album put the band's hard-rocking spin on a number of covers, including "(Oh) Pretty Woman," "Dancing in the Street," and Where Have All The Good Times Gone!"
  • "...this is undoubtedly the work of a finely honed band who has only grown tighter and heavier since their debut... it's one of Van Halen's best records, one that's just pure joy to hear. Like the debut, it's a great showcase for all the group's strengths..." -- Allmusic
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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: kingcinthe_1907) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) gradest, this was the best copy in our most recent shootout
  • We had a wide variety of Islands (Pink and Sunray) and UK Polydor pressings, and if you want to know which of them sounds the best all you have to do is buy this LP!
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind on this copy
  • 5 Stars: "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Queen's fourth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is big and bold, with soaring choruses that really get loud and stay clean all the way through
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is killer on this side two, and if you've got the system to play it good and LOUD, you are in for a thrill
  • 5 stars: "But the appeal of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Santana
Abraxas

  (Item #: santaabrax_1907) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • Abraxas UNBOUND - this "Triple Triple" (A+++) copy has two mindblowing sides - at loud volumes it's like Live Music in your very own listening room - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • When a record is this tonally correct, huge, powerful and energetic, the music has power you never imagined
  • AMG gives it 5 stars for its music, and we call it a Top 100 Demo Disc - the blistering solos that soar into the huge space of the studio on pressings like this
  • "America was never the same after Carlos Santana discovered the smoldering Afro-Cuban magic of Tito Puente. A sinuous cha cha cha that sounds as if it had been waiting for Santana's soulful guitar licks to reinvent it, the Puente-penned "Oye Como Va" became the pillar of U.S. Latin rock."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_1907) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • This Island Pink Label import pressing is stunning from start to finish: Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl, especially for this title, too
  • The sound is HUGE, with amazing transparency, clarity and fullness - the organ is massive here
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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Deep Purple
Made In Japan

  (Item #: deeppmadei_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding UK pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • Surpisingly clean, undistorted sound for a live album, yet every bit as big and lively as a Hard Rockin' Live Album should be
  • In terms of Tubey Magic, richness and naturalness, Made In Japan might just be The Best Sounding Live Album of All Time
  • Rolling Stone: "They've done countless shows since in countless permutations, but they've never sounded quite this perfect."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_1907_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Hard Rockin' Zep IV, one that earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Dramatically fuller and smoother than most, making it possible to get the volume up good and loud where it belongs
  • Here they are: Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway, When the Levee Breaks, and more, sounding better than you've ever heard them
  • 5 stars: "Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1907_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A truly outstanding import of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering genius of Glyn Johns
  • Just look at the track list - the lucky owner of this LP will be hearing those songs come to life like never before
  • 5 stars: "Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme... But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos."
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Boston
Boston

  (Item #: bostobosto_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good Boston's debut can sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The multi-tracked, multi-layered guitars are as big as life on this copy and guaranteed to rock your world
  • Top sound for all the hits: More Than a Feeling, Long Time/Foreplay, Rock & Roll Band, Peace Of Mind...
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nearly every song on Boston's debut album can still be heard on classic rock radio today due to the strong vocals of Brad Delp and unique guitar sound of Tom Scholz. Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s."
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Heart
Little Queen

  (Item #: heartlittl_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An excellent copy of Heart's sophomore effort, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Barracuda and Love Alive are two of Heart's best songs bar none and they are guaranteed to blow your mind here
  • This is one of the better copies we heard in our most recent shootout - both sides are big and solid with energy to spare
  • A Rock and Pop Top 100 album with Demo Disc sound on a very special pressing such as this - it will rock your world
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Deep Purple
Machine Head

  (Item #: deeppmachi_1902_1907-) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two killer sides clocking in at Double Plus (A++) - the sound is HUGE, with real energy, presence and whomp - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Amazingly spacious and three-dimensional, no doubt the result of the album being recorded practically live in the studio
  • Their superbly talented engineer, Martin Barre, recorded the big, bold, rich, smooth sound of British Rock about as well as anyone ever did
  • 5 stars: "Machine Head was anything but a one-trick pony, introducing the bona fide classic opener "Highway Star," which epitomized all of Deep Purple's intensity and versatility while featuring perhaps the greatest soloing duel ever between guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and organist Jon Lord."
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Ambrosia
Ambrosia

  (Item #: ambroambro_1907) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Spectacular Prog Rock sound explodes on this copy of the band's phenomenally well-recorded debut album, mixed by none other than Alan Parsons - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER, this copy has the sound we look for on Ambrosia's Masterpiece
  • Big Whomp Factor here - the bottom end is huge and punchy on this copy, like nothing you've heard
  • A Better Records All-Time Favorite & Top 100 Demo Disc: "Its songs skillfully blend strong melodic hooks and smooth vocal harmonies with music of an almost symphonic density."
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Heart
Dreamboat Annie

  (Item #: heartdream_1907_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of this quintessential Heart album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end - only the best pressings let that energy come through
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Aggressive yet melodic rockers like 'Sing Child,' 'White Lightning & Wine,' and the rock radio staples 'Magic Man' and 'Crazy on You' led to the tag 'the female Led Zeppelin.'"
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The Faces
Long Player

  (Item #: faceslongp_1711_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer copy with a stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Amazing live-in-the-studio sound that conveys completely the raw power of one of the hardest rockin' bands of all time
  • 5 stars in Allmusic and probably the Faces' Best Album, for sound and music - Maybe I'm Amazed? Hell yeah!
  • "...a ferocious rock & roll band who, on their best day, could wrestle the title of greatest rock & roll band away from the Stones."
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Steely Dan
Gaucho

  (Item #: steelgauch_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.00 (You save $50.99 / 13%)


  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end for the last of Steely Dan's insanely well recorded Classic Seven Albums
  • This copy offers tons of ambience, amazing richness, you-are-there immediacy, tight bass, clear guitar transients, silky highs, and truckloads of analog magic
  • 4 stars in the AMG, 4 1/2 in Rolling Stone, and one of their Three Best Sounding Albums - a true Must Own
  • "Despite its coolness, the music is quite beautiful. With its crystalline keyboard textures and diaphanous group vocals, ''Gaucho'' contains the sweetest music Steely Dan has ever made." New York Times
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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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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

What to Listen For

  (Item #: john_goodb_choruses) 



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

The richness, sweetness and freedom from artificiality is most obvious where you often hear it on a Pop Rock Big Production like GYBR: in the loudest, densest, most climactic choruses.

We set the playback volume so that the loudest parts of the record are as huge and powerful as they can possibly become without crossing the line into distortion or congestion.

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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1906x) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning copy, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on all four sides; 11 pluses out of 12 -- one of the highest rated copies to ever hit the site
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of rock and roll energy
  • Overflowing with great songs, way too many to list - Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR all sound killer here
  • A Top 100 Title: "...its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1907) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • These INCREDIBLE sides are guaranteed to make this by far the best sounding Thriller you have ever heard - Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is HUGE - wide, deep, and open, with a solid bottom end and relentless rhythmic energy to spare
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track on this copy is good enough to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Loggins & Messina
Mother Lode

  (Item #: loggimothe_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Mother Lode with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A surprisingly well-recorded album - with Demo Disc quality sound - and a personal favorite from way back
  • I can't recall another pop or rock recording that captures either the plucked energy or the harmonic nuances of the mandolin better
  • Never a band to find favor with the critics, even Allmusic had to concede that the album was "Elegantly, tastefully accomplished."
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Yes - The Yes Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: yes__yesal_2018) 



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.

Since this is Yes's Masterpiece, not to mention their most well-recorded album, that makes it pretty much a Must Own for anyone who loves their groundbreaking and enormously influential approach to the Extended Form.

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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides
  • 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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Phil Manzanera
Diamond Head

  (Item #: manzadiamo_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing of Phil Manzanera's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Two excellent sides - Demo Disc quality sound barely begins to describe the size and power of this recording
  • This album is an amazing SONIC BLOCKBUSTER, with sound that will positively leap out of your speakers
  • A shockingly well-recorded album from the ultra-talented Rhett Davies - this is his Engineering Masterpiece
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • 5 stars: "...this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars..."
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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1906x) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A MONSTER Shootout Winning early pressing with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is the copy you have been waiting for!
  • Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout - miles beyond any copy you've heard (or ever will hear) - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Includes immortal classics such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River," just to name three
  • 5 stars: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general... almost 30 years later [make that 49], he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it."
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Lincoln Mayorga
and Dist. Colleagues (S9)

  (Item #: mayorvolume_1_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning Shootout Winning pressing of this famous audiophile recording, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • This copy will be awfully hard to beat for sound - get your VTA right and the bottom end on this LP will turn into a Bass Demo Disc like nothing you've heard
  • It's very difficult to find this album in clean condition, and even more difficult to find one that sounds as good as this one does
  • One of the rarest Hot Stamper records bar none -- only a handful have ever made it to the site
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AC/DC
Let There Be Rock

  (Item #: acdc_letth_1808_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound - this is clearly the right sound for this guitar-fueled heavy rock
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout, the sound is big, full, lively and spacious with hard-rockin' energy to spare
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... as lean and mean as the original lineup ever got... this is a high-voltage, brutal record, filled with "Bad Boy Boogie... It has a bit of a bluesier edge than other AC/DC records, but this is truly the sound of the band reaching its peak... it's sweaty, dirty, nasty rock, music that is played to the last call and beyond, and they've rarely done that kind of rock better than they did here."
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Yes - Close To The Edge

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: yes__close_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that are exceptionally Difficult to Reproduce.

TWO AMAZING SIDES rating Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it! It's not easy to find great sound for this album, but this copy really gets it right. You get plenty of rich Tubey Magic, AND plenty of space and clarity. This is truly one of the best copies we have played in a very long time.

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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Absolutely amazing sound throughout, with both sides earning our highest sonic grade of Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • This copy will show you just how big, full-bodied, lively and POWERFUL this music can be on the right pressing
  • Not many records on this site are harder to find with top quality sound and reasonably quiet surfaces
  • 5 stars: "Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures... One of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s."
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Bad Company
Bad Company

  (Item #: badcobadco_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Bad Co's '70s classic debut with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides have wonderful sound - huge, present, punchy, lively, and Tubey Magical
  • A member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100, and a Must Own Classic Rock title from 1974
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Bad Company's 1974 self-titled release stands as one of the most important and accomplished debut hard rock albums from the '70s ... it was one of the most successful steps in the continuing evolution of rock & roll."
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Jethro Tull
Aqualung

  (Item #: jethraqual_1901_1_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful copy of Jethro Tull's fourth studio album earned oustanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is excellent from start to finish - big, punchy, present, tubey and bursting with Rock and Roll energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that still floors us on the better copies, with sound that will jump right out of your speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history... the degree to which Tull upped the ante here is remarkable... Varied but cohesive, Aqualung is widely regarded as Tull's finest hour."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1906_1) 

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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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this killer copy of The Sky Is Crying
  • One of the most blistering performances of electric blues we have ever had the pleasure of rocking out to
  • Hands down the best sounding SRV recording -- Little Wing is an absolute MONSTER and an unbelievable Demo Disc track
  • 4 stars: "Doing away with vocals, Vaughan augments Hendrix’s concise two-and-a-half minute original, turning the track into a nearly seven-minute-long electric tour de force. The cover would earn Vaughan his sixth Grammy, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 1992."
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10cc
Deceptive Bends

  (Item #: tenccdecep_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this huge, lively copy of Deceptive Bends will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A longstanding member of our Top 100 - it's one of the most DYNAMIC, ENERGETIC, well recorded pop albums we know of
  • "Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman kept the group alive and turned in a surprisingly solid album with 1977's Deceptive Bends. It may lack the devil-may-care wackiness that popped up on previous 10cc albums, but it makes up for it by crafting a series of lush, catchy pop songs that are witty in their own right. All in all, Deceptive Bends is the finest achievement of 10cc's post-Godley and Creme lineup and well worth a spin for anyone who enjoyed Sheet Music or The Original Soundtrack."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1906_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A truly outstanding import of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering genius of Glyn Johns
  • Just look at the track list - the lucky owner of this LP will be hearing those songs come to life like never before
  • 5 stars: "Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme... But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos."
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Eagles
One Of These Nights

  (Item #: eagleoneof_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the Eagles' fourth studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This one is doing it right: rich and full-bodied, with plenty of punchy bass, a nicely extended top end, and laid out on a huge, three-dimensional soundfield
  • Lyin' Eyes and Take It To The Limit sound the way they should on this copy - we guarantee you have never heard them better
  • 4 stars: "...a lyrical stance — knowing and disillusioned, but desperately hopeful — had evolved, and the musical arrangements were tighter and more purposeful. The result was the Eagles' best-realized and most popular album so far."
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Lincoln Mayorga
and Dist. Colleagues (S9)

  (Item #: mayorvolume_1_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this famous audiophile recording, with Double Plus (A++) on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • As a rule we don't mention the specific shortcomings of each copy we sell, but I've taken the liberty of doing so for this pressing
  • It's very difficult to find this album in clean condition, and even more difficult to find one that sounds as good as this one does
  • One of the rarest Hot Stamper records bar none -- only a handful have ever made it to the site
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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

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

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Fleetwood Mac
Mystery To Me

  (Item #: fleetmyste_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • A JOY to listen to, with breathy vocals, textured string arrangements, and the kind of rich, warm sound that's the hallmark of ANALOG
  • Some of their best songwriting - this is TP's personal favorite Fleetwood Mac Album of All Time, to this very day
  • "... the amazing and almost telepathic drums and bass of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie give this effort more panache and muscle than was represented on this effort's predecessor, Bare Trees."
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1906_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing has plenty of Columbia analog magic in its grooves
  • 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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Elton John
Rock of the Westies

  (Item #: john_rocko_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99
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  • An amazing early British pressing, with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy rocks like crazy with serious weight down low, huge size and space, and plenty of driving energy
  • The better copies like this don't get too congested in the choruses, a typical problem with the album
  • Best bets: Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly); Island Girl; Street Kids and Hard Luck Story
  • "Rock of the Westies appears in retrospect to be his last great rock album. It certainly does rock consistently harder than any other John album..." - Amazon
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of The Wall earned very good Hot Stamper grades or BETTER throughout
  • Buzzing helicopters, ringing telephones, clicking typewriters and so on happen RIGHT THERE in the room with you
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of, and succeeded brilliantly
  • Rock & Pop Top 100 - "A triumph of production..." and indisputable proof that analog in 1979 could still be absolutely amazing
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1905_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Demo Disc Quality pressing - all four sides earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Buzzing helicopters, ringing telephones, clicking typewriters and so on happen RIGHT THERE in the room with you
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of, and succeeded brilliantly
  • Rock & Pop Top 100 - "A triumph of production..." and indisputable proof that analog in 1979 could still be absolutely amazing
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this pressing of the band's debut album
  • This copy will show you just how big, full-bodied, lively and POWERFUL this music can be on the right pressing
  • Not many records on this site are harder to find with top quality sound and reasonably quiet surfaces
  • 5 stars: "Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures... One of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s."
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War
Deliver The Word

  (Item #: war__deliv_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this Shootout Winning copy - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Thanks to the brilliant engineering of Chris Huston, the sound is War at its best: big, rich, smooth and clear, with the kind of low end whomp that few rock records from the era can claim
  • 4 Stars: "A smooth blend of the band's more progressive jazz-rock fusion, the LP shot to the top of the R&B charts, their second of four number one records in a row. It was a perfect tonic to the mediocre MOR music rampaging its way through the early part of the decade...A magical ride with plenty of surprises to keep the listener on his or her toes, this set is a perfect example of the band at their genre-fusing best."
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1905_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this copy is guaranteed to have the best sound you have ever heard for Breakfast in America
  • A truly superb recording with huge, spacious, dynamic, lively sound - Tubey Magical richness is a big plus too
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc - turn it up and this recording gets LOUD like nothing you have ever experienced
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits 'The Logical Song,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' and 'Goodbye Stranger.'"
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_1905_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A solidly hard rockin' copy with seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich and open with a killer bottom end, musically it's surely the best record Tom Petty ever made - a late '70s Rock Classic
  • Three of Petty's best songs are on this one - Restless, I Need To Know and Listen To Her Heart - and they sound amazing
  • "Overall, the current LP boasts an impressive stylistic cohesiveness with its predecessor, but what makes the album exciting are the fresh hints of openness and expansion just beneath the surface. The rhythms are a bit looser, and there's a new emphasis on Petty's rough, driving, rock & roll guitar in the mix." Rolling Stone
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The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find excellent 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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10cc
The Original Soundtrack

  (Item #: tenccorigi_1801_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An exceptionally good sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Superb clarity and energy, solid down low, silky up top, and as huge as any recording you've ever heard
  • A Top 100 Album and a real SONIC BLOCKBUSTER on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • "10cc's Original Soundtrack is a fascinating record. Musically there's more going on than in ten Yes albums, yet it's generally as accessible as a straight pop band... 10cc is among the few groups actively engaged in stretching rock's restrictive boundaries in a constructive and meaningful manner, without falling prey to pretense or excess."
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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first for this UK pressing - this is some of the most dynamic sound the band achieved - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Andy Hendriksen's engineering (over the course of a week!) is superb in all respects and practically faultless
  • A Top 100 album, the band's Masterpiece, and truly a Must Own Desert Island Disc of Glammy, Arty Rock
  • "Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music's eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock's boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures."
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Free
Fire and Water

  (Item #: free_firea_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of the band's third studio album with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound - reasonably quiet vinyl to this title too
  • Stunning Live-in-the-Studio Rock Sound that must be heard to be believed - All Right Now sounds fantastic
  • The recording sounds more alive than 99 out of 100 rock records we've played, and we've played the best sounding rock records ever made
  • Top 100 and 4 1/2 stars: "From Paul Kossoff's exquisite and tasteful guitar work, to Paul Rodgers' soulful vocals, this was a group that was easily worthy of the mantle worn by Cream, Blind Faith, or Derek & the Dominos."
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Bob Dylan & The Band
Before The Flood

  (Item #: dylanbefor_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on sides one and four and Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dylan and The Band team up for exuberant versions of many classics from each of their repertoires - a copy like this lets you appreciate just how wonderful the performances are
  • "Dylan reworks, rearranges, reinterprets these songs in ways that are still disarming, years after its initial release... "
  • "Without qualification, this is the craziest and strongest rock and roll ever recorded. All analogous live albums fall flat."
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Hall and Oates
Abandoned Luncheonette

  (Item #: hallaaband_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This early Atlantic pressing was clearly bigger, smoother and more open than practically any other copy we played - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • By far the best sounding record these guys ever made, and for our money nothing in their recorded canon can touch it
  • A Better Records favorite, a longtime member of our Top 100, 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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Steely Dan
Gaucho

  (Item #: steelgauch_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • This original pressing has three-dimensional ambience, tubey richness, you-are-there immediacy, tight bass, clear guitar transients, silky highs, and truckloads of analog magic on every track
  • 4 stars in the AMG, 4 1/2 in Rolling Stone, and one of this exceptionally well recorded band's Three Best Sounding Albums - a true Must Own
  • "Despite its coolness, the music is quite beautiful. With its crystalline keyboard textures and diaphanous group vocals, ''Gaucho'' contains the sweetest music Steely Dan has ever made." New York Times
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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This UK pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - this is some of the most dynamic sound the band achieved - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Andy Hendriksen's engineering (over the course of a week!) is superb in all respects and practically faultless
  • A Top 100 album, the band's Masterpiece, and a Must Own Desert Island Disc of Glamorous Arty Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music's eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock's boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures."
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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy is getting the heart of Rod's Brit rock right - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Extremely well-recorded, full of great songs, Rod Stewart was on top of the world when he followed up the brilliant Every Picture Tells a Story with this album in 1972
  • The music comes alive on this vintage pressing, assuming you have your volume up good and loud
  • Top 100, 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER throughout, this pressing will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge - big, wide, deep, and open, with a punchy bottom end and rhythmic energy to spare
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track does
  • A Top 100 and 5 Stars on AMG: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Blondie
Eat To The Beat

  (Item #: blondeatto_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Here's a superb early pressing of the band's followup to Parallel Lines with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their big, lively sound - pressed on 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
  • The drums and bass of Die Young Stay Pretty are as real sounding as if you were standing five feet from the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The British... made Eat to the Beat another chart-topper, with three major hits, including a number one ranking for Atomic and almost the same success for Dreaming."
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The Faces
Long Player

  (Item #: faceslongp_1702_1902) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) live-in-the-studio sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Green Label original pressing conveys the raw power of one of the hardest rockin' bands of all time like nothing you've heard
  • 5 stars in Allmusic and probably the Faces' Best Album, for both sound and music - Maybe I'm Amazed sung by Rod Stewart? Hell yeah!
  • "...a ferocious rock & roll band who, on their best day, could wrestle the title of greatest rock & roll band away from the Stones."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Pictures At An Exhibition

  (Item #: emerspictu_1710_1902) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this ELP Classic Live Album, with each side rating a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are Tubey Magical and exceptionally spacious, with a massive bottom end and plenty of Rock and Roll energy
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, take it from us, they don't come quieter
  • "...it teased the brain with its mix of melody and heavy rock, and for anyone with some musical knowledge, serious or casual, it was a sufficiently bold use of Mussorgsky's original to stimulate hours of delightful listening."
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Santana
Inner Secrets

  (Item #: santainner_1902) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Power and energy are what make this album a true Demo Disc in the world of rock, and this copy has plenty of both
  • A sleeper in the Santana canon that boasts some of the best sound the band ever put to vinyl - shockingly good sound
  • Top tracks here include three of their biggest barnburners: Dealer (Traffic), Stormy and Well...All Right (Blind Faith)
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Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time

  (Item #: raittnicko_1804_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early domestic pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we've heard from any record Don Was produced
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Producer Don Was used Raitt's classic early-'70s records as a blueprint, choosing to update the sound with a smooth, professional production and a batch of excellent contemporary songs. In this context, Raitt flourishes; she never rocks too hard, but there is grit to her singing and playing, even when the surfaces are clean and inviting. A great comeback album that made for a great story".
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Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1902_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, turn this one up and it will rock' with the best of them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Amazing transparency - you hear into the huge, deep soundfield with almost nothing between you and the musicians
  • Surprising amounts of Tubey Magic - some of the best sound this very well recorded band achieved in the studio
  • The 3 big hits that sound great here: No One To Depend On, Everybody's Everything and Everything's Coming Our Way
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision."
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War - Deliver The Word

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: war__deliv_2019) 



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

WONDERFUL JAZZ / FUNK / SOUL SOUND from start to finish! We just finished our first big shootout for this fun album -- the All Music Guide calls it "a magical ride with plenty of surprises to keep the listener on his or her toes" and we couldn't agree more! This copy gives you punchy bass, airy flutes, hard-hitting percussion and loads of Tubey Magic. Most copies we played had too much hardness, edge, and honk, but this one is smooth, sweet and rich.

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Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive

What to Listen For

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_wtlf) 



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

What to listen for? Dynamic, soaring guitar solos!

On the best copies the guitar solos are the loudest parts of some songs, which, as everyone who's ever been to a rock concert knows, is exactly what happens in live rock music.

Not many live albums are mixed to allow the guitar solos to rock the way these do. Since Frampton is one of my favorite players, hearing his solos get loud on this album is nothing less than a thrill.

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Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_2015) 



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

What a monster -- this White Hot Stamper Frampton Comes Alive boasts KILLER A+++ sound on sides one, two, and four and very strong A++ sound on side three! If you're looking for a top-shelf pressing of THE iconic Classic Rock Double Live Album, don't let this one pass you by. If you grew up with this album it's going to be a thrill to hear this copy rockin' on a big audiophile system.

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Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix In The West

  (Item #: hendrinthe_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a fun live album with stellar performances by Jimi - the best of his many posthumous releases
  • The awesome version of Little Wing is just killer on this copy - it's Jimi's best performance of the song
  • 4 stars: "Hendrix in the West is a collection of extremely good live Hendrix performances between 1968-1970. A great sampling of Hendrix's late-period live material (and his sense of humor)."
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David Bowie - Let’s Dance

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: bowieletsd_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

With Let's Dance the name of the game is ENERGY, and boy does this copy have it! Both sides have the deep, punchy bass and sweet, extended highs that Bowie's music needs to come ALIVE. With that big bass and smooth top end this is one record you can turn up GOOD and LOUD without fear of fatique. On a big pair of dynamic speakers you will really get your money's worth from the best Hot Stamper pressings.

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Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1809_1810) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • This Must Own Santana Classic (their third in as many years) has two Hot Stamper sides on reasonably quiet vinyl
  • The 3 big hits show the band at their best: No One To Depend On, Everybody's Everything and Everything's Coming Our Way
  • Plenty of vintage Tubey Magic on this recording - this is some of the best sound the band achieved in the studio
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "It's an album that has aged extremely well due to its spare production (by Carlos and the band) and its live sound. This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision."
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Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues

Implore You to Turn Up Your Volume

  (Item #: mayor_volume_1_loud) 



S9 is hands down the best example of a recording that truly comes to life when you Turn Up Your Volume.

There's not much ambience to be found in their somewhat dead sounding studio, and very little high frequency boost to any instrument in the soundfield, which means at moderate levels this record sounds flat and lifeless. (You could say it has that in common with most Heavy Vinyl pressings these days, if you wanted to take a cheap shot at those records, which, to be honest, I don't mind doing. They suck; why pretend otherwise?)

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Blondie - Eat To The Beat

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: blondeatto_2018) 



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 is Mike Chapman's Big Beat Sonic Masterpiece -- yes, the sound is actually bigger and better than the sound on Parallel Lines -- akin to the debuts of The Knack and The Cars, and every bit as huge and punchy as either.

Eat to the Beat lives and dies by its energy, its bass and above all by its transient snap.

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Van Halen - Van Halen

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: vanhavanha_2014) 



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.

We recently took the time to shoot out a bunch of original pressings of Van Halen's debut. I'm sure it won't come as much of a surprise to most of you that the average copy is, well, quite average sounding. Not bad, just mediocre. Not rockin' all that hard and not all that much fun. You know the kind of record I'm talkin' about.

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Little Feat - Hoy-Hoy

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: littlhoyho_depth) 



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

The recording quality of many of these songs is OUT OF THIS WORLD, as good as any rock record I can think of. Although Waiting For Columbus is arguably the best sounding live rock 'n roll album ever made, some of the tracks on this album are every bit as good or BETTER. (And the promo EP is practically in a league of its own for sound!)

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The Pretenders - Pretenders II

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: pretepreteII_2017) 



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 original British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you.

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Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy

Our First Shootout Winner, 2008

  (Item #: eno__takin_2008) 



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 British Sunray original pressing takes the sound to a level BEYOND all others. This copy has deep, punchy bass that exceeded my wildest expectations. I've been playing this record for thirty years and I've never heard a bottom end like this before. Side one here rates an A+++ -- Master Tape Sound, As Good As It Gets (AGAIG).

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: emerspictu_2009) 



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

This Minty looking original Island British Import LP has some of the best sound we have ever heard for this album. This copy KILLED a bunch of other Brit imports we played it against. It wasn't even close. This pressing was so much more TRANSPARENT -- you could hear into the crowd in a way that no other copy managed to let you do. When the band started playing the sound was much more clear and present than the other Brit copies we played.

Great live sound thanks to EDDIE OFFORD.

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Eagles - The Long Run

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: eaglelongr_2009) 



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 copy had sound we never would have expected to hear on this record. Believe me, not too many sound like this one! Most copies have a smeary, veiled, stuck-in-the-speaker quality that makes for some painful listening. Cardboard drums. Non-existent ambience. No energy. The average copy of this album just sits on the turntable with nothing to say.

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