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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_2008) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Absolutely amazing sound throughout, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • 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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Jethro Tull
Aqualung

  (Item #: jethraqual_2008_1_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Jethro Tull's fourth studio album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades from first note to last
  • 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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Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills
Super Session

  (Item #: bloomsuper_2008_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Engineered by Roy Halee, the man behind one of the best sounding rock records of all time, the self-titled Blood, Sweat and Tears album, the oh-so-analog sound here is especially rich, dynamic and spacious
  • For fans of BS&T's first album (and everybody else) Super Session is a Must Own - Season of the Witch is crazy good on this 360 LP
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is one of those albums that seems to get better with age... This is a super session indeed."
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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_2008_) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound, or BETTER, on both sides
  • Simply phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic can be heard on every strum of the guitars, along with the kind of richness, body and harmonic coherency that have all but disappeared from modern remasterings.
  • 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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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_2008_) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides; this album really doesn't get any better than this
  • 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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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_2008_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Cotillion pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly 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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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_2008) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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 - reasonably 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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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_2001_8) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of the Thompsons' final album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made - for sound and music
  • DYNAMIC, huge, lively, powerful and musical - a real Demo Disk - both sides here are guaranteed to rock your world
  • A Top 100 album, and clearly Thompson's Masterpiece of Grungy Guitar Rock
  • 5 stars: "Shoot Out The Lights found them rallying their strengths to the bitter end; it's often been cited as Richard Thompson's greatest work, and it's difficult for anyone who has heard his body of work to argue the point."
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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage copy with solid Hot Stamper grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical Analog - the sound is open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • A Better Records Top 100 title - when you hear it sound as good as it does on this side two, you'll know why we've long considered Rumours an Audiophile 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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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_2008ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades 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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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

  (Item #: blackblack_2008) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this Green Label WB pressing had some of the best sound we have ever heard on the album - 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
  • It should be a member of our Top 100, an oversight we hope to correct soon
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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_2005_8) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard anything like the massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy that are on this copy
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_2002_8) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_2006_8) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A truly outstanding import of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides - fairly 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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The Faces
A Nod Is As Good As A Wink

  (Item #: facesanodi_1912_8) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent Warner Brothers Green Label sides, both rating a Double Plus (A++) or better - The Faces are rockin' their asses off on this copy
  • Punchy, solid and rich all the way through, with driving energy like nothing you've ever heard from the band
  • Fairly quiet vinyl for a Green Label original - good luck finding one that plays this well (and sounds anything like this!)
  • 5 stars: "[It] doesn't feel cobbled together and it serves up tremendous song after tremendous song... It's another classic — and when you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it's hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this. "
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Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time

  (Item #: raittnicko_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early domestic pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_2007_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Hotel Cal. you've heard - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • A Top 100 pick that's transparent, hi-rez, Tubey Magical, and bursting with Eagles energy, the kind that's only found on the right vintage pressings
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, midrange presence, and energy here than on others you've heard, and that's especially true if you own any Heavy Vinyl LP
  • 5 stars: "The Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band... The result was one of the most successful rock albums ever."
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_1901_4_7) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A solidly hard rockin' copy that rated seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) 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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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two SUPERB sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER for this MJ classic, with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded
  • The sound is tubey rich, smooth, sweet and lively throughout - this is the way Off the Wall should sound - quiet vinyl too
  • After years of MJ shootouts, we've come to realize that this is unquestionably the best sounding Michael Jackson album of them all
  • "...this was his breakthrough, the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right." - 5 stars
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Cheap Trick
At Budokan

  (Item #: cheapatbud_2004_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this true classic from Cheap Trick, with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is doing pretty much everything right, with deeper bass, less distortion, grungier guitars, and the kind of LIVE ROCK and ROLL ENERGY that Cheap Trick is known for
  • This is one of only two Cheap Trick albums that cuts it for us sonically and musically (the other being Dream Police)
  • "With their ear-shatteringly loud guitars and sweet melodies, Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s, and it was At Budokan that captured the band in all of its power."
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Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills
Super Session

  (Item #: bloomsuper_2004_7) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Engineered by Roy Halee, the man behind one of the best sounding rock records of all time, the self-titled Blood, Sweat and Tears album, the oh-so-analog sound here is especially rich, dynamic and spacious
  • For fans of BS&T's first album (and everybody else) Super Session is a Must Own - Season of the Witch is crazy good on this 360 LP
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is one of those albums that seems to get better with age... This is a super session indeed."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet UK Vinyl)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson...

  (Item #: emersemers_1911_2_7) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This vintage Island Pink Rim import pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Spacious, rich and dynamic, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is what we love about Eddie Offord's work 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... [which] showcased the group at its least pretentious and most musicianly ...there isn't much excess, and there is a lot of impressive musicianship here."
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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_2005_7) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.99 (You save $50.00 / 17%)


  • Both sides of this British pressing boast incredible Shootout Winning Triple 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
  • "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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Super Hot Stamper (quiet vinyl)

Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_2007_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • All four sides of this double album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for their Big, Bold Live Rock sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_2007_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Tubey Magical Analog - the sound is open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • A Better Records Top 100 title - when you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we've long considered Rumours an Audiophile 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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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Stewart's fourth solo album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • 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
  • 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2007_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb copy of The Sky Is Crying, with outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • 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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Heart
Dreamboat Annie

  (Item #: heartdream_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • One of the best sounding copies of this quintessential Heart album to ever hit the site - Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on BOTH sides
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end, nothing else in our shootout could compare to this bad boy
  • There is so much more LIFE to this recording than I ever thought possible, and 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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Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II

  (Item #: ledze2_2007_1) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • A stunning "Triple Triple " (A+++) copy that is absolutely guaranteed to rock your world like no other
  • The sound is freakishly good - we created a Top Ten list just to put this album on it
  • Years ago we gave up on everything but these killer RL (and SS) pressings, because nothing else comes close
  • With copies selling for $1000+ on ebay, sometimes $3000+, we're paying big bucks for Zep II these days, but if any album is worth it, it's this one
  • We're selling this one at a huge discount due to some modest condition issues (see below)
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Super Hot Stamper

Santana
Inner Secrets

  (Item #: santainner_2007) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them, this copy was one of the better ones we played in our last 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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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_2007ex) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • An absolute knockout copy, with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Insane Rock and Roll ENERGY like nothing you have ever heard - the sound is exceptionally full-bodied, smooth and solid, making it possible to get the volume up good and high where it belongs
  • So many immortal rockers on one album: 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_2007_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning pressing of Zep's debut boasting two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides - this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering of Mr Glyn Johns
  • Just look at that track list - the lucky buyer of this copy 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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Super Hot Stamper (with issues)

Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_1912_7ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Queen's fourth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • 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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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_2007_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is going to be very hard to beat, and plays about as quietly as any early pressing can
  • 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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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A Hard Rockin' Zep IV, one that earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically fuller, smoother and more tonally correct than practically any pressing you could hope to find, this one makes it possible to get the volume up good and loud where it belongs
  • Here are the Rock and Roll Classics that reign supreme to this very day - Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway to Heaven, When the Levee Breaks, every one sounding better than you've ever heard them or your money back
  • 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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The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Birds of Fire

  (Item #: mahavbirds_2005_7) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This KILLER import copy has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A++) sound throughout- it's so smooth and natural you can just turn up your volume and let it rock
  • The overall sound here is big, bold present and spacious with excellent bass - it's as powerful and captivating as the music itself
  • It's hard to think of another record that rocks as hard, and it's not even a real rock record!
  • Clearly one of the All Time Greats in the world of Jazz/Rock, as well as the band's Masterpiece - 5 stars on Allmusic
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_2007) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • You'll find KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Thompsons' final album
  • Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made - for sound and music
  • DYNAMIC, huge, lively, powerful and musical - a real Demo Disk - both sides here are guaranteed to rock your world
  • A Top 100 album, and clearly Thompson's Masterpiece of Grungy Guitar Rock
  • 5 stars: "Shoot Out The Lights found them rallying their strengths to the bitter end; it's often been cited as Richard Thompson's greatest work, and it's difficult for anyone who has heard his body of work to argue the point."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • You'll find insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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 on this White Hot side one and a Demo track to beat them all
  • 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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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_2007_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing has plenty of Columbia analog magic in its grooves - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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 that knocked me out when I first heard it back in high school, and over the decades it has become even more impressive
  • The drums have real snap to them - this copy delivers the fast, clean percussion that is absolutely critical to Santana's music
  • "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. The combination of rock guitar and funk percussion was undeniable." Rolling Stone


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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • WOW! Amazing sound throughout with both sides of this 360 early pressing earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history - a personal favorite that knocked me out when I first heard it back in high school, and over the decades it has become even more impressive
  • The drums have real snap to them - this copy delivers the fast, clean percussion that is absolutely critical to Santana's music
  • "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. The combination of rock guitar and funk percussion was undeniable." Rolling Stone
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_2006) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it on both sides, this copy is guaranteed to have the best sound you have ever heard for Breakfast in America - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_2006ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER 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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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_2006_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of Stewart's fourth solo album, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner - 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
  • 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_2006_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • All four sides of this double album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their Big, Bold Live Rock sound - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_2006_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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Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

  (Item #: ledzehouse_2004_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other copy of Houses you've heard and it plays as quietly as any copy ever will (and FAR BETTER than most)
  • Wall to wall, floor to ceiling Led Zeppelin power - this copy delivers like you will not believe, or your money back
  • A Better Records Top 100 album (along with 4 other Zep titles), 5 Stars in AMG and a True Zeppelin Must Own Classic
  • The Tubey Magical acoustic guitars heard here should be a wake up call to every audiophile that trying to remaster this album is just not in the cards
  • "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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War
Why Can't We Be Friends?

  (Item #: war__whyca_2001_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: eagleoneof_2006ex_) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the Eagles' first Number One Album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound
  • On an exceptionally good sounding copy such as this one, the soaring guitar solo of the title track really comes alive if you have it turned up good and loud
  • Lyin' Eyes and Take It To The Limit sound the way they should - 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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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_2006) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy gets the heart of Rod's Brit rock right like no other we played - 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
  • 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_2006) 

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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Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_2006) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, turn this one up and it will rock' with the best of them
  • 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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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A truly stunning Shootout Winning copy of this MJ classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end
  • 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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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll hear massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy on this copy - both sides rated Double Plus (A++) for sound
  • 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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Bob Dylan & The Band
Before The Flood

  (Item #: dylanbefor_2001_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides one, two and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the third side
  • These killer sides are out of this world -- bigger, fuller and livelier than anything you've heard
  • 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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Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must-Own Classic - exceptionally quiet 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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The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers

  (Item #: rollistick_2006_1ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Sticky Fingers boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Finally, with the best vintage pressings we can hear the power and the beauty of this truly superb recording
  • A landmark Glyn Johns / Andy Johns recording, our favorite by the Stones, a Top 100 Title (of course) and 5 stars on Allmusic (ditto)
  • Q magazine said this was "the Stones at their assured, showboating peak ... A magic formula of heavy soul, junkie blues and macho rock."
  • 5 stars: "With its offhand mixture of decadence, roots music, and outright malevolence, Sticky Fingers set the tone for the rest of the decade for the Stones."
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INXS
Kick

  (Item #: inxs_kick_2002_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • INXS's one true Masterpiece album comes to the site with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied for 1987 - the best copies like this one really ROCK, with huge amounts of bass and gut-punching drums, courtesy of Chris Thomas' production and Bob Clearmountain's mix
  • "Kick is an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try. Every track has at least a subtly different feel from what came before it; INXS freely incorporates tense guitar riffs, rock & roll anthems, swing-tinged pop/rock, string-laden balladry, danceable pop-funk, horn-driven '60s soul, '80s R&B, and even a bit of the new wave-ish sound they'd started out with."
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Eagles
One Of These Nights

  (Item #: eagleoneof_2006ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the Eagles' first Number One Album has insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • On the hottest copies such as this one, the soaring chorus of Take It to the Limit really comes alive, assuming you you have it turned up good and loud
  • And the best copies like this one are the only ones that you CAN turn up with the unpleasantness of the average pressing coming to the fore
  • 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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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_2006_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades throughout, this pressing of Michael Jackson's Masterpiece of Funky Pop 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, as well as cleaner, smoother, sweeter upper mids and a more extended top
  • 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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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_2006) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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
Machine Head

  (Item #: deeppmachi_1909_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the sound is HUGE, with real energy, presence and whomp
  • Amazingly spacious and three-dimensional, no doubt the result of the album being recorded practically live in the studio
  • Their superbly talented engineer, Martin Birch, 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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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both these UK sides have excellent sound for the band's 1970 Classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades - reasonably 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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The Band
Rock Of Ages

  (Item #: band_rocko_2005) 

Our Price: $449.99
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  • An amazing sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on ALL FOUR SIDES -- pretty darn quiet vinyl too
  • The best copies are surprisingly TRANSPARENT -- just listen to all the "room" around the vocals on these four sides
  • With tracks from their first four albums, as well as a few handpicked favorites ('Don't Do It"), not to mention killer horn charts on 11 songs, this is a superb overview of the group's uniquely rootsy rock
  • A classic double live album with a consistently well-arranged and energetically performed set of songs - if you could only have one album by The Band, wouldn't it have to be this one?
  • 4 stars" "It could be argued that it captured the spirit of the Band at the time in a way none of their other albums do."
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Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

  (Item #: ledzehouse_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This early Robert Ludwig pressing earned Double Plus (A++) grades for their outstanding sound and they play on reasonably quiet vinyl to boot
  • Wall to wall, floor to ceiling Led Zeppelin power - this copy delivers like you will not believe, or your money back
  • A Better Records Top 100 album (along with 4 other Zep titles), 5 Stars in AMG and a True Zeppelin Must Own Classic
  • The Tubey Magical acoustic guitars heard here should be a wake up call to every audiophile that trying to remaster this album is just not in the cards
  • 5 stars: "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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Lincoln Mayorga
and Dist. Colleagues (S9)

  (Item #: mayorvolume_1_1906_9_5) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Tom Petty
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A solidly hard rockin' copy with seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides
  • 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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War
Deliver The Word

  (Item #: war__deliv_1902_5_9_12_4) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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War
Why Can't We Be Friends?

  (Item #: war__whyca_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: who__livea_2004_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A hard-rockin' copy - this British Track pressing boasts powerful Hot Stamper sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • 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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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this UK pressing of the band's debut album - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • One of the best sounding rock records ever made, with rich, sweet mids, prodigious bass, superb transparency, and freedom from hi-fi-ishness and distortion like few rock records you have ever heard
  • Rhett Davies knocked this one out of the park - it's a Top 100 title, a member of the Tubey Magical Top Ten, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album... the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_2004) 

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 - mostly 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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Bob Dylan & The Band
Before The Flood

  (Item #: dylanbefor_2004) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all FOUR sides - fairly 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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Free
Fire and Water

  (Item #: free_firea_2004) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible copy of the band's third studio album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Stunning Live-in-the-Studio Rock Sound that must be heard to be believed - All Right Now sounds out of this world here
  • 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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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_2004) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this outstanding copy of Zep's final release
  • 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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Phil Manzanera
Diamond Head

  (Item #: manzadiamo_1907_4) 

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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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1905_9_03) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Heart
Little Queen

  (Item #: heartlittl_2003) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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The Who
Quadrophenia

  (Item #: who__quadr_2003) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This superb pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one, mated with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on sides two through four
  • Side one is the best side of the album, IMHO - this killer pressing is giving you everything that's on the tape!
  • Quadrophenia - a Top 100 Title - is the last of the truly great Who albums, and you won't believe how good it sounds here
  • If you want to hear this music explode out of the speakers and come to life the way The Who intended it to, just set the volume good and high and let 'er rip
  • 5 stars: "Some of Townshend's most direct, heartfelt writing is contained here, and production-wise it's a tour de force, with some of the most imaginative use of synthesizers on a rock record."
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Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_2003) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this British pressing of Queen's masterpiece - especially quiet vinyl on side one too
  • The sound is big and bold, with soaring choruses that really get loud and stay clean all the way through
  • 5 stars: "Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece... 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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AC/DC
Let There Be Rock

  (Item #: acdc_letth_2002) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Son Seals
The Son Seals Blues Band

  (Item #: sealssonse_1908_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent Electric Blues record with exceptionally big, clear, lively sound that earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy will shame most Blues albums for sound and music - it's quite a bit better than any other Son Seals album we have played as well
  • 4 stars: "The Chicago mainstay's debut album was a rough, gruff, no-nonsense affair typified by the decidedly unsentimental track "Your Love Is like a Cancer." Seals wasn't all that far removed from his southern roots at this point, and his slashing guitar work sports a strikingly raw feel on his originals "Look Now, Baby," "Cotton Picking Blues," and "Hot Sauce" (the latter a blistering instrumental that sounds a bit like the theme from Batman played sideways)."
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Free
Fire and Water

  (Item #: free_firea_1909_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this wonderful copy of the band's third release - reasonably quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Rich, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end - this is the sound you want from Free
  • 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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The Band
Rock Of Ages

  (Item #: band_rocko_1902_7_10_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with all four sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The best copies are surprisingly TRANSPARENT -- just listen to all the "room" around the vocals on these four sides
  • A classic double live album with a consistently well-arranged and energetically performed set of songs
  • 4 stars" "It could be argued that it captured the spirit of the Band at the time in a way none of their other albums do."
  • One of the few copies from our shootout that had no marks that play, a rarity for this title!
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Lincoln Mayorga
and Dist. Colleagues (S9)

  (Item #: mayorvolume_1_1903_7_10_01ex) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Graham Nash
Songs For Beginners

  (Item #: nash_songs_1908_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any Songs for Beginners you've heard
  • 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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The Cars
Shake It Up

  (Item #: cars_shake_2001_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good Shake It Up can sound on vinyl
  • It wouldn’t be a Cars Hot Stamper without BIG, BOLD sound flying out of the speakers - friends, let me tell you, this baby’s got that in spades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Amazing sound quality for some of their most memorable songs - Since You're Gone, Shake It Up, I'm Not the One, A Dream Away and more
  • "The band's sound may have been evolving with each succeeding album, but Ric Ocasek was still writing compelling new wave compositions despite all the change, many of which would ultimately become rock & roll standards."
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10cc
The Original Soundtrack

  (Item #: tenccorigi_1801_5_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, boasting solid Double Plus (A++) Demo Disc sound - 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
  • The extended suite that opens side one has ambience, sound effects, and a climax of powerful, multi-tracked vocals that will make your jaw drop
  • "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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Van Halen
Diver Down

  (Item #: vanhadiver_1804_7_12) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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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10cc
The Original Soundtrack

  (Item #: tenccorigi_1912) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, boasting solid Double Plus (A++) practically Demo Disc sound throughout
  • 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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The Faces
Long Player

  (Item #: faceslongp_1912) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Green Label original pressing conveys the raw power of one of the hardest rockin' bands of all time
  • Probably the Faces' Best Album for sound and music - Maybe I'm Amazed sung by Rod Stewart? Hell yeah!
  • 5 stars: "On their second album Long Player, the Faces truly gel... [I]f the album seems pieced together from a few different sources, the band itself all seems to be coming from the same place, turning into 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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Blondie
Eat To The Beat

  (Item #: blondeatto_1812_3_11) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two close to it, this original pressing has plenty of Columbia analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1902_11) 

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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The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: rollistick_2019) 



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

This is the best record the Stones ever made (along with Let It Bleed and Beggars Banquet - all three have the potential for outstanding sound -- the trick is, as always, finding the right pressing).

The sound is exactly what you want from a Stones album: deep punchy bass and dynamic grungy guitars. This record is to be played loud like it says on the inner sleeve and the surface noise is to be ignored. The louder you play it, the less bothersome the noise will be. This album ROCKS and it was not made to be listened to in a comfy chair with a glass of wine.

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Herbie Hancock - Takin’ Off

A Cisco Record We Recommend

  (Item #: hancotakin_cisco) 



Sonic Grade: B-

The sound is SUPERB overall, with correct tonal balance and plenty of life. I was WAY TOO HARD on this album when it first came in. It’s playing right now and really swinging!

I just learned the secret to getting this one to sound right, and I am happy to share it with you. TURN IT UP!. When you get some volume going, the musicians really come to life on this album. It may sound crazy, but you need to play this one as loud as you would play your average rock record.

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Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: youngevery_2019) 



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.

The sound of this copy is Big and Bold in the best Neil Young tradition, with sound bouncing off the walls of the huge sounding studio and into the open mics he favors. The best tracks have that Live-in-the-Studio quality, with minimal processing and maximum ENERGY.

With a killer pressing played back on a big pair of speakers this album ROCKS like nobody's business.

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Elton John
Rock of the Westies

  (Item #: john_rocko_1901_6_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Nirvana - Nevermind

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: nirvanever_2019) 



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.

An incredible sounding record, especially on a White Hot Stamper such as this (which is why this copy sold for $849!). I might even go so far as to say it's better than practically anything recorded during the entire decade of the '90s. Man, when you've heard this record at its best, there is NOTHING like it. For the true Rock and Roll Audiophile Connoisseur, the man who will settle for nothing but the very best, we humbly offer this Nevermind Verified Hot Stamper, the ultimate head-banging experience.

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Nirvana - Nevermind

Stretching Back to 2001

  (Item #: nirvanever_2008) 



DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND on side two! It’s got the big, uber-punchy, hard rockin’ attitude we demand from a Nevermind Hot Stamper. Side one is no slouch either folks, with A++ sound! Only one other copy had better sound for side one -- THIS ONE ROCKS!

Side two on this Nevermind has MASTER TAPE SOUND. We found the most amazing clarity and transparency on this copy. You will find the sound so rich and full-bodied that at times you'd swear it was tube mastered! Check out the presence to the vocals on side one. The WHOMP factor is out of control all over this pressing.

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