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Van Morrison
Moondance

  (Item #: morrimoond_1907) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning Green Label early pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Drop the needle anywhere on the album for a taste of early-'70s Tubey Magical analog sound, not to mention some lovely blue-eyed soul
  • An incredibly tough title to find in clean condition with audiophile quality sound, but we did it, and here it is
  • "An album worthy of an Irish R&B singer who wrote a teen hit called "Mystic Eyes" (not to mention a Brill Building smash called "Brown Eyed Girl"), adding punchy brass (including pennywhistles and foghorn) and a solid backbeat (including congas) to his folk-jazz swing, and a pop-wise formal control to his Gaelic poetry." Christgau - A+ (a grade he does not give out often)


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White Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

  (Item #: morriastra_1907) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This WB Green Label LP has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first, for Van The Man's 1968 groundbreaking, introspective classic
  • This record lives or dies by the quality of its Tubey Magical Midrange, a sound modern records rarely begin to reproduce
  • It takes us years to find enough clean copies to do a shootout - these originals are not sitting in the bins at your local store anymore, they're displayed behind the counter for a hundred bucks or more a pop
  • 5 stars: "Astral Weeks is a justified entry in pop music's pantheon. It is unlike any record before or since; it mixes together the very best of postwar popular music in an emotional outpouring cast in delicate, subtle musical structures."
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Super Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
Moondance

  (Item #: morrimoond_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding Green Label early pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - relatively quiet vinyl too!
  • Drop the needle anywhere on the album for a taste of early-'70s Tubey Magical analog sound, not to mention some lovely blue-eyed soul
  • An incredibly tough title to find in clean condition with audiophile quality sound, but we did it, and here it is
  • "An album worthy of an Irish r&b singer who wrote a teen hit called "Mystic Eyes" (not to mention a Brill Building smash called "Brown Eyed Girl"), adding punchy brass (including pennywhistles and foghorn) and a solid backbeat (including congas) to his folk-jazz swing, and a pop-wise formal control to his Gaelic poetry." Christgau - A+ (a grade he does not give out often)
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White Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) copy of this great sounding Van Morrison album, a favorite of ours here at Better Records
  • The sound is incredible throughout - full-bodied, clear, and brimming with the soulful energy of this great artist
  • The material is top-notch - Domino, Crazy Face, Blue Money and other classics are all here
  • The best sounding Van Morrison album, a Top 100 title, with classic 1970 Analog sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "As "Domino" opens the album with a show of strength. "Street Choir" closes it with a burst of both musical and poetic energy which is not only better than anything else on the album but may well be one of Van's two or three finest songs." Rolling Stone
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Super Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

  (Item #: morriastra_1905_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This WB Green Label pressing has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides for Van The Man's 1968 groundbreaking, introspective classic
  • This record lives or dies by the quality of its Tubey Magical Midrange, a sound modern records rarely begin to reproduce
  • It takes us years to find enough clean copies to do a shootout - these originals are not sitting in the bins at your local store anymore, they're displayed behind the counter for a hundred bucks or more a pop
  • 5 stars: "Astral Weeks is a justified entry in pop music's pantheon. It is unlike any record before or since; it mixes together the very best of postwar popular music in an emotional outpouring cast in delicate, subtle musical structures."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey

  (Item #: morritupel_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of this Green Label Tupelo Honey with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, finishing right behind our recent shootout winner
  • Wild Night and the title track sound amazing - rich and full-bodied with lovely warmth and above all, the naturalness we associate with Warner Brothers recordings in the early '70s
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and featuring some of Stephen Barncard's best engineering - this is Analog Sound at its best
  • "Tupelo Honey is in one sense but another example of the artist making increased use of the album as the unit of communication as opposed to merely the song or the cut. Everything on it is perfectly integrated."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

Van Morrison
Saint Dominic’s Preview

  (Item #: morrisaint_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of Van Morrison's sixth studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • It's unusual (to say the least) to find copies of Moondance or Astral Weeks that sound anything like the better copies of Saint Dominic’s Preview (or His Band and Street Choir for that matter)
  • One of the best sounding Van Morrison recordings thanks to the superb engineering skills of Donn Landee at Wally Heider's
  • 5 Stars in Rolling Stone: it's "The coexistence of two styles on the same record turns out to be very refreshing; they complement each other by underscoring the remarkable versatility of Van's musical imagination... the best-produced, most ambitious Van Morrison record yet released."
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Super Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

Van Morrison
A Sense Of Wonder

  (Item #: morriasens_1809_1904-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this early pressing of Morrison's album from 1985
  • This is probably the last domestically pressed record he made that still has the kind of sound we look for in a Hot Stamper
  • "Over the years, Morrison has gathered around him a band that plays, like the best jazz ensembles, with effortless empathy. The group follows him through all his moods and meanderings, from the lilting cadences of "Tore Down à la Rimbaud" and "Ancient of Days" to the stately auguring of "Let the Slave" and the airy, triumphal shimmer of "A New Kind of Man." A Sense of Wonder is serenely uplifting. With astonishing commitment and profound belief, Van Morrison continues to push forward into the mystic."
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Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
Wavelength

  (Item #: morriwavel_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • This pressing of Morrison's 1978 album boasts very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • His biggest selling album to date? Seems hard to believe but that's what Wikipedia says - it went gold in 3 months
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Time magazine raved: "Morrison has made two, maybe three albums that rank high among the finest of all rock 'n' roll. Wavelength is good enough to stand close by Morrison's best work, a record of sinuous, sensuous magic. The man just can't be beat."
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Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: morriastra_2010) 



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

MASTER TAPE SOUND ON SIDE ONE! Here's a stunning copy of Astral Weeks with a side one that just can't be beat. We recently had the chance to play quite a few of these, and this one was just UNSTOPPABLE on side one. Side two is also very good and the vinyl plays relatively quietly throughout, between Mint Minus and Mint Minus Minus. It might be ages before another Hot copy hits the site, so grab this one before it's gone for good!

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Van Morrison - His Band And The Street Choir

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: morrihisba_2009) 



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

This is an EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD PRESSING of Van Morrison's underappreciated gem! This is the album that came out between Moondance and Tupelo Honey, but for some reason it don't get no respect. We think that's insane -- the material on this album is top-notch and the sound on the best pressings is out of this world!

Here's a copy that really makes our case for us. Both sides of this original Warner Bros. pressing sound AMAZING and play quietly. We went through a massive stack of copies and let me tell you -- most of them sure don't sound like this! Take this one home for some of the best Van Morrison sound you will ever hear.

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Van Morrison - Into The Music

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: morriintot_2014) 



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

Two incredible sounding sides for this great Van Morrison album, one that Allmusic calls one of his best records! Not a lot of casual Van Mo fans are familiar with this album, but after a big shootout we were left very impressed with the sound of the best pressings and the quality of the music throughout. Morrison's catalog after the early '70s leaves plenty to be desired, but this one is a real return to form.

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Van Morrison - Moondance

Our Half-Speed Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: morrimoond_ddlabs_2009) 



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

We've combined our two best half-speed mastered SuperDisk pressings to give you Super Hot sound for both sides. Of all the half-speed versions we had here, two of them each had one amazing side.

"But Tom," you might say, "I thought you hated audiophile versions of rock records!" Well, we sure don't hate 'em when they sound like this! The best Green Label copies are going to be a step up in class, but you're going to have a hard time finding sound this good for Moondance no matter what kind of pressings you're playing.

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Van Morrison - Moondance

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: morrimoond_2009) 



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

For the first time ever... a WHITE HOT STAMPER pressing of Moondance on QUIET VINYL! This Warner Bros. Green Label copy has a side two that just can not be beat -- A+++ all the way.

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Van Morrison - Moondance

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: morrimoond_2018) 



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

Musically, the record Moondance most reminds me of is After The Gold Rush. Neil Young set out to make a commercial album that had nothing but strong songs built around catchy melodies, with the highest quality production values. What better describes Moondance? Every song is good, you can sing practically every one of them from memory, and in fact you'll probably feel like singing along with every one of them as they are playing. And the whole album is produced with some of the best sound that was available at the time. (Shelly Yakus engineered, his first time behind the board on a major project if Wikipedia is to be believed.)

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Van Morrison - Moondance

Rhino / Warners Heavy Vinyl Debunked - Again

  (Item #: morrimoond_debunk_2016) 



Sonic Grade: F

The original grade I gave out in 2014 when last I played this remastered version as part of a shootout was "D." I explained at the time:

Just listen to how strange Van's voice sounds, so lean, hard and sour. That alone qualifies it for an "F", but considering how bad most pressings of this album are, let's be fair, if not downright generous, and call it a "D".

I just revisited the record in a current shootout, and after giving it some thought I have decided that the right grade is in fact "F." It cannot be any other, for reasons I discuss below.

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Van Morrison - Saint Dominic’s Preview

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: morrisaint_2010) 



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

TWO AMAZING A+++ SIDES ON QUIET VINYL -- this will likely be the best sounding Van Morrison you hear in your entire life! We've played a ton of these over the years and it's not all that often that we hear a copy that so capably presents the music. Both sides are very rich and super full-bodied with exceptional clarity and mindblowing YOU ARE THERE immediacy. We almost never find copies of Moondance or Astral Weeks that sound anything like this, and when we do they go for much more money.

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Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: morritupel_2009) 



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

YIKES! It’s the new ALL-TIME CHAMPION for Tupelo Honey, with MASTER TAPE SOUND and pretty darn quiet vinyl on BOTH SIDES! I’ll bet just about anything that you’ve never heard Van Morrison sound as good as he does here in your entire life. We played a massive stack of copies this week and felt incredibly lucky to find one that sounded like this. I just don’t think you could make this music sound any better no matter what you did.

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Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: morriveedo_2011) 



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

HOT STAMPERS DISCOVERED for a mostly forgotten gem from Van Morrison's early catalog! We managed to pull together enough reasonably clean copies for this shootout, which took us YEARS. Most of the copies we played weren't even in the arena with this one, which earned grades better than A+ on both sides. The All Music Guide calls this album "brilliant" as well as "every bit the creative equal of its more famous predecessors".

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Van Morrison - Wavelength

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: morriwavel_2017) 



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

  • Richer, warmer and bigger than most of the other copies we played, with the kind of smoothness that's essential to the album's enjoyment. His biggest selling album to date? Seems hard to believe but that's what is says on Wikipedia - it went gold in 3 months.
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