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White Hot Stamper

War
Deliver The Word

  (Item #: war__deliv_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing from 1962 put every other copy we played to shame; Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it throughout
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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White Hot Stamper

David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1810_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • One of the better copies of Bowie's soul album to hit the site this year - incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on one
  • This vintage pressing is simply bigger and fuller than the competition, with massive amounts of energy and rich punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl too - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come any quieter
  • One of our favorites by The Man, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Win, Fascination, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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White Hot Stamper

The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99
Sale Price: $399.00 (You save $50.99 / 11%)


  • This UK '70s pressing has a stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with a superb Double Plus (A++) side two
  • As Good As It Gets sound for classic tracks such as Come Together, Something, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Oh! Darling and I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  • Audiophile sonics like these will surely give you a new appreciation for one of the Greatest Beatles Albums of All Time
  • Abbey Road is a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100, and a Desert Island Disc if there ever was one
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White Hot Stamper

Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This shootout winning copy has stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are As Good As It Gets on this pressing
  • The richest and clearest we played all day - this is the sound that lets the only real rock album this band ever made actually ROCK
  • 5 Stars: "...its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing with two very strong sides, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy of The Beatles' landmark Psych album from 1966 will show you richness, energy, clarity and bottom end weight you had no idea was even possible on Revolver
  • Guaranteed to beat any original, the Heavy Vinyl (mono or stereo), the Half-Speed - you name it, this copy will beat it
  • 5 Stars and 14 glorious tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life, Tomorrow Never Knows (!) and more
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street

What to Listen For

  (Item #: crosb4ways_wtlf) 



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

If the singers get hard and shrill in the louder passages, then what you have is a pretty typical pressing. Add grit and grain, smeared transients, opacity, surface noise and a lack of weight down low and you'll know why it takes us years to find enough copies to shoot out -- because this is what most pressings sound like.

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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_1905_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or BETTER, this vintage pressing of Neil's undeniable classic is guaranteed to beat any Harvest you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with exceptional analog warmth and wonderful vocal presence
  • A Top 100 album and a sublime recording of the first order that no audiophile collection should be without
  • "...the love songs and the harrowing portrait of a friend's descent into heroin addiction, "The Needle and the Damage Done," remain among Young's most affecting and memorable songs."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1905_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides, this was one of the better copies of Blonde On Blonde we heard in our most recent shootout
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1905_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides AND exceptionally quiet vinyl, 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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Super Hot Stamper

Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1905_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout - the sound is simply bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than most of what we played
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Glenn Frey
No Fun Aloud

  (Item #: frey_nofun_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this copy of Glenn Frey's debut album
  • Big and lively, with rich, breathy vocals, this pressing will show you just how good No Fun Aloud can sound
  • Frey's phenomenal talent as an artist is matched only by his songwriting genius on this album, which includes hits "The One You Love," "I Found Somebody" and more
  • "... it's Frey's perfectly guided vocals and impeccable talent for crafting laid-back love songs that make the album noteworthy."
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Super Hot Stamper (with issues)

Roy Orbison
Orbisongs

  (Item #: orbisorbis_songs_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides
  • This superb pressing is especially Analog Sounding - lively, warm, with rich bass and breathy, clear vocals
  • Features one of Orbison's greatest legacies, "Oh, Pretty Woman," in stereo no less, and it sounds amazing here
  • While this isn't the quietest copy we've ever heard, it's clearly one of the best sounding
  • "...every track is strong and showcases Orbison's immense talent both as a vocalist and a songwriter of effective and poignant lyrics... if you are looking at Orbison at his best you need look no further."
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Super Hot Stamper

Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run

  (Item #: mccarbando_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding British pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl (for this title anyway)
  • Both sides of this early UK pressing sound right to us, and that makes it a very special copy indeed
  • The legendary Geoff Emerick engineered the album, a Top 100 title here at Better Records - it's an impressive recording when it sounds as good as this copy does
  • The title track, Jet, Bluebird, Mrs. Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - so many great songs!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...sophisticated, nuanced arrangements and irrepressibly catchy melodic hooks... McCartney's infallible instinct for popcraft overflows on this excellent release."
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Super Hot Stamper

Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits

  (Item #: orbisgreat_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Monument stereo pressing
  • The amazingly talented Bill Porter recorded many of Orbison's classic songs from the early '60s that are found on this compilation
  • Only a copy this good shows you how phenominal these timeless songs can sound - rich, open, clear, solid and musical
  • Among monster hits, like "Crying," "Only the Lonely," and "Running Scared," this album includes new releases "Love Star" and "Evergreen" as well
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Hot Stamper

The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this classic Doors album on the early Gold Label, a personal favorite to this very day
  • The sound is present and lively, with Morrison's rich vocals having the Tubey Magic that only vintage vinyl pressings are capable of reproducing
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and vinyl that plays as quietly as this copy does
  • A Top 100 Title - "Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid... This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse ..."
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White Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_1905_2) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • With two KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this vintage pressing of Neil's undeniable classic is guaranteed to blow the doors off any Harvest you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with exceptional analog warmth and wonderful vocal presence, true to the quality of the recording
  • A Better Records Top 100 album and a sublime recording of the first order that no audiophile collection should be without
  • "...the love songs and the harrowing portrait of a friend's descent into heroin addiction, "The Needle and the Damage Done," remain among Young's most affecting and memorable songs."
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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1905) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • With 11.5 pluses out of a possible 12, this copy was unbeatable and it's one of the best we've found in years -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Louis Armstrong - I’ve Got The World on a String

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: armstivego_2018) 



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

You may have seen Russell Garcia's name on one of the landmark recordings of the '50s: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's recording of Porgy and Bess for Verve in the previous year, 1959. Watch for copies coming to the site one of these days.

[One of these days has arrived -- click here to see the results.]

We've discovered some exceptional original and reissue pressings (as well as some that really do a disservice to the music and the engineers who recorded it. What else is new in the world of records?).

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Super Hot Stamper

James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1905_2) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Two seriously good sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Just listen to all that lovely echo - it's a dead giveaway that both sides have resolving power far beyond the other copies you may have heard
  • A Top 100 Title, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are out of this world here
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides, this is a great sounding copy of an absolutely essential album
  • Big bass, rich meaty guitars and smooth silky vocals make this a Band album like you have never heard before.
  • Not only is the sound superb, but both sides here play Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as we can find them
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1905_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this vintage UK stereo pressing has plenty of analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee you've never heard Girl, I'm Looking Through You, In My Life, Wait, and If I Needed Someone sound better - and that's just side two
  • A Rock & Pop Top 100 Title, and a Must Own Folk Rock Masterpiece
  • 5 stars: "The lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades 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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White Hot Stamper

Canned Heat
Canned Heat

  (Item #: cannecanne_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • A stunning sounding original copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with rich, Tubey Magical vocals that are only found on these good vintage pressings
  • These "authentic renderings" of blues covers include classics such as Muddy Waters' Rollin' and Tumblin' and Robert Johnson's Dust My Broom
  • 4 stars: "This debut was issued shortly after their appearance at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival... While decidedly more obscure to the casual listener, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones "Story of My Life" is both a high point on this recording, as well as one of the fiercest renditions ever committed to tape."
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Super Hot Stamper (with issues)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

The Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find insanely good Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last on this UK pressing, just barely beat out by our recent shootout winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee you've never heard Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man and Michelle sound better - and that's just side one
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 Title, 5 Stars on Allmusic, and a Must Own Folk Rock Masterpiece
  • "The lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This early UK pressing offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER, from beginning to end
  • This copy is tubey and rich and, most importantly, doesn't sound murky or muddy
  • The first Moody Blues album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1905_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout - the sound is simply bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than most of what we played
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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Super Hot Stamper

George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER across all six sides, this early British box set of All Things Must Pass has sound that will be tough to beat - very quiet vinyl for this album too
  • It's rich and Tubey Magical, yet still clean and (fairly) clear with lovely studio space and a solid bottom end
  • If you've struggled with domestic pressings and later imports or Heavy Vinyl reissues, your troubles are over - here is the sound you were looking for
  • "Without a doubt, Harrison's first solo recording is his best. Drawing on his backlog of unused compositions from the late Beatles era, Harrison crafted material that managed the rare feat of conveying spiritual mysticism without sacrificing his gifts for melody and grand, sweeping arrangements."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1905_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This killer pressing gives you nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side two, mated to an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Fully extended from top to bottom with a wide-open soundstage, for this music this is the right sound
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet incredibly rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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White Hot Stamper

Lincoln Mayorga
and Dist. Colleagues (S9)

  (Item #: mayorvolume_1_1903_1905-) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning Shootout Wining pressing of this famous audiophile recording, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Both sides of 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 imagined
  • It's nearly impossible to find this album in this kind of clean condition, and even tougher to find one that sounds like this
  • One of the rarest Hot Stamper records bar none -- only a handful have ever made the site
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Super Hot Stamper

Weather Report
Heavy Weather

  (Item #: weathheavy_1902_1905-) 

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


  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish you will not believe how BIG and BOLD this copy is
  • Birdland on this pressing has some of the most dynamic, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling jam-packed sound ever committed to vinyl
  • Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius are both here and at the absolute peak of their creative powers - this is a work of GENIUS
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: ''Birdland' is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band."
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White Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Blues For Allah

  (Item #: grateblues_1807_1905-) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • A stunning sounding copy of this Grateful Dead classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Probably the last essential Dead album - this pressing has especially silky, sweet vocals, good presence and energy, punchy bass and a spacious soundfield
  • "The Dead went into a state of latent activity that lasted until the spring of [1975] when the band reconvened to record Blues for Allah... Obviously, the time off had done the band worlds of good, as Blues for Allah — more than any past or future studio album — captures the Dead at their most natural and inspired."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find crazy good sound throughout this British pressing, with sides one, two and four coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner at Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy of the Beatles' double album masterpiece is going to thrill and delight the lucky person who snags it
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear - we guarantee you will be KNOCKED OUT
  • "If there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest song writers since Schubert, then next Friday - with the publication of the new Beatles double LP - should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making..." Right On!
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White Hot Stamper

Steely Dan
Gaucho

  (Item #: steelgauch_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

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

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • This one is doing everything right - it's bigger and richer, has better bass, more energy, better vocal presence - this is the way Brothers in Arms should sound
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life are the big hits and they all sound great on this original pressing
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

  (Item #: ledzehouse_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding, tubey magical, Double Plus (A++) grades and exceptionally quiet vinyl (with a small issue noted below), on both sides of this Zep classic
  • The sound here is big, lively, transparent (check out The Rain Song) and energetic (The Song Remains the Same is really rockin')
  • A Better Records Top 100 album (along with 4 other Zep titles), 5 Stars in AMG and a True Zeppelin Must Own Classic
  • "Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1904x) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Singer Songwriter Classic with both sides earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Both sides are big and clear, with plenty of warmth and richness befitting an all analog recording, even one from as late as 1979
  • The superbly talented musicians and engineers deserve much of the credit for turning Rickie's debut into a Must Own Audiophile Favorite (and Grammy winner too)
  • "One of the most impressive debuts for a singer/songwriter ever, this infectious mixture of styles not only features a strong collection of original songs but also a singer with a savvy, distinctive voice that can be streetwise, childlike, and sophisticated, sometimes all in the same song."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers

  (Item #: rollistick_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding copy of Sticky Fingers boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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."
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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1904x) 

Our Price: $599.99

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

  (Item #: steelaja__1904_3x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A STUNNING copy - you won't believe how BIG and BOLD the sound is - Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the jazzy funk in the music
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "
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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides, each earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - these early pressings are the only ones that can make sense of this challenging music
  • An incredibly complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • As amazing as the sound may be, the good news is that the vinyl on this killer copy is exceptionally quiet as well
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two outstanding sides for this superbly recorded Doors album, with strong Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with Morrison's rich vocals well reproduced and especially Tubey Magical
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • A Top 100 Title - "Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid... This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse ..."
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Eagles
Desperado

  (Item #: eagledespe_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: youngafter_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or better, this copy was one of the better we played in our recent shootout
  • Long Distance Runaround is the Demo Disc track here and it is big and bold
  • Roundabout will blow your mind with its superb clarity, lack of smear, and shocking transparency - thanks Eddie Offord for your amazing engineering
  • AMG 5 stars, our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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David Bowie
Diamond Dogs

  (Item #: bowiediamo_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it - this UK copy is killer from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bowie handles sax, Mellotron, and Moog duties on the album, and plays practically all of the electric guitar parts (!)
  • It's ridiculously tough to find even passable sonics for the album - you'll be blown away by the size and weight of this one
  • Great songs including the title track, Rebel Rebel, 1984, Sweet Thing, Big Brother, Rock & Roll With Me and more
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Deep Purple
Made In Japan

  (Item #: deeppmadei_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: rolliexile_1905_1) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one, two and three and superb Double Plus (A++) sound on the fourth side
  • This is Exile raw and real the way it should be - full-bodied and punchy with great presence and energy
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this Stones album - here is a copy that plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on all four sides
  • 5 stars: "Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock."
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Rob Wasserman - Duets

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: wasseduets_2018) 



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

This rare and wonderful album from 1988 on the original MCA label offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout. In-the-room vocal presence (Jennifer Warnes is stunning on Leonard Cohen's Ballad Of The Runaway Horse) and tight, note-like bass are key to the best pressings.

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Rob Wasserman
Duets

  (Item #: wasseduets_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • This rare and wonderful album from 1988 on the original MCA label offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • In-the-room vocal presence (Jennifer Warnes is stunning on Leonard Cohen's Ballad Of The Runaway Horse) and tight, note-like bass are key to the best pressings
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come quieter in our experience
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Some amazing duets and a great lineup that includes Aaron Neville (v), Stephane Grappelli (violin), Dan Hicks (v, g), and so on. The jazz community missed this one." [But the audiophile community loved it.)
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1803_1905-) 

Our Price: $69.99
Sale Price: $49.00 (You save $20.99 / 30%)


  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound from beginning to end on this early UK pressing
  • The best copies boast clarity and resolution, without sacrificing the Tubey Magical richness for which Moody Blues recordings are justifiably famous
  • The band's first album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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George Benson
Tell It Like It Is

  (Item #: bensotelli_1803_1905-) 

Our Price: $39.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, this is an excellent copy of this Benson album from 1969
  • We guarantee you have never heard this music sound better than it does here, or your money back
  • Allmusic loves Benson's playing here, noting his "...often brilliantly tasty guitar fills and brief solos in many styles and three reverb-heavy vocals."
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Marty Robbins
More Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs

  (Item #: robbimoreg_1807_1904-) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • This outstanding copy of More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • An inspired follow-up to Robbins' 1959 release, this album features several of Marty's original songs, including San Angelo, My Love and She Was Young And She Was Pretty
  • Transparency and Tubey Magic are critical to the sound of the arrangements and you will find both are abundant, especially on side two
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Robbins' originals are authored in an authentically vintage style, interspersed with public domain titles that are the real article..."
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Johnny Hodges / Wild Bill Davis
Blue Rabbit

  (Item #: hodgebluer_1810_1904-) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superb 1964 release
  • Full, lively, and solid, this copy has just the right sound for this collection of carefree, loose jazz tracks
  • Thanks to Val Valentin's brilliant engineering, every song here sounds better than you imagined
  • "One of altoist Johnny Hodges' many solo records in the 1960s... Tasty and swinging music." - Allmusic
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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1803_1904-) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • We love the sound on the better copies, rich, tubey, clear and present
  • This one features a mixture of originals and covers - a showcase for Marty's tremendous range and ability to cross musical genres
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two superb sounding sides, each rating a Double Plus (A++), this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the greatest recordings of all time
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album will be very hard to beat
  • So transparent, open, and spacious, nuances and subtleties that escaped you are now revealed as never before
  • When you play I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light on this vintage pressing, we think you will agree with us that this is one of the greatest Folk Rock albums of them all
  • These originals are nearly impossible to find in good shape - this copy has some problems but it sure sounds good!
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Bob Dylan
Desire

  (Item #: dylandesir_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are wonderfully clean, clear, full and lively with excellent bass and lots of space around the instruments
  • Desire spent five weeks at Number One, mostly on the strength of the powerful and provocative "Hurricane"
  • Allmusic raves: "...one of his most fascinating records of the '70s and '80s -- more intriguing, lyrically and musically, than most of his latter-day affairs."
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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this 1965 release, one of the best copies from our shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound is bigger and livelier and above all balanced
  • Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote the title song, which became a big hit for Adderley (and later The Buckinghams), and he plays on the album
  • 5 Stars: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two SUPERB sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) for this MJ classic, with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded
  • 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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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Springsteen classic - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two, close behind on side one (A++)
  • The full-bodied tonality here bring every passionate, emotionally charged track to life
  • The piano is solid and weighty, and the Tubey Magic is obvious for all to hear - huge, punchy, lively and rockin' throughout
  • The followup to Born to Run earned 4 1/2 stars: "Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos."
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: coopebilli_1905) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - we guarantee you have never heard this music sound better
  • More open, present and balanced than most of the copies we played, with plenty of hard driving Rock and Roll energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Song for song, Billion Dollar Babies is probably the original Alice Cooper group's finest and strongest ... It remains one of rock's all-time, quintessential classics."
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer early British Island copy boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These side were doing everything right -- incredibly big, full-bodied and spacious with tons of big Roxy energy and a solid bottom end
  • Many of the best songs Bryan Ferry ever wrote and Roxy ever played are here
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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The Beatles
White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1904) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • 11 pluses out of a possible 12?! Folks, this Triple Plus White Hot White Album is just plain UNBEATABLE
  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear -- you will be KNOCKED OUT
  • All four sides have stunning Demo Quality tracks including Dear Prudence, Blackbird, Yer Blues and Revolution
  • A 5 Star Album on Allmusic that is an absolute treasure on a copy like this one
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Bob Dylan
Desire

  (Item #: dylandesir_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Two amazing sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it, huge and solid with tons of weight
  • Both sides are wonderfully clean, clear, full and lively with excellent bass and lots of space around the instruments
  • Desire spent five weeks at Number One, mostly on the strength of the powerful and provocative "Hurricane"
  • Allmusic raves: "...one of his most fascinating records of the '70s and '80s -- more intriguing, lyrically and musically, than most of his latter-day affairs."
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Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides and vinyl that is about as quiet as we can find
  • This original pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • A difficult album to find audiophile quality sound for, this is one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • "Wake of the Flood was certainly as good - if not arguably better than - most of their previous non-live efforts."
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The Pentangle
Pentangling

  (Item #: pentapentangling_1707_1904-) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a superb Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy could not be beat
  • The unprocessed quality found throughout the album has its audiophile credentials fully in order, especially in the area of guitar harmonics, as well as drums that sound like real drums actually sound
  • The foundation of the music is provided by two legendary guitar heavyweights, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, with Jacqui McShee's almost unbearably sweet vocals soaring above them
  • The best material from Pentangle's amazing first six albums, with sound that's full of British Analog Tubey Magic
  • "Pentangling is filled to the brim with some of the finest recordings the British folk movement had to offer..."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1902_1904-) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This 360 Label stereo copy boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean stereo pressings of this album are ridiculously hard to come by these days, not to mention the fact that few copies will sound as good as this one does
  • In the same way that Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex." - 5 Stars
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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1801_1904-) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early Asylum pressing was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • The sound is especially rich, warm and natural, with exceptional immediacy to Joni's vocals and Tubey Magic for days
  • One of the best sounding Joni records, on a par with Court and Spark and Blue, fine company indeed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue.... More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right."
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Lou Rawls
Carryin' On!

  (Item #: rawlscarry_1803_1904-) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Rawls got a mild hit from this album with a fine rendition of "On Broadway," but otherwise, it was another example of everything clicking except nothing sold. The production and arrangements were perfectly tailored to his voice, the songs were good, and Rawls sounded confident, assertive, and soulful."
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Elton John
Too Low For Zero

  (Item #: john_toolo_1711_1904-) 

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


  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this early British import LP - quiet vinyl too
  • There's some real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals and plenty of rock and roll energy
  • I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - the best song Elton's done in the last 35 years - is truly killer here
  • One of engineer Bill Price's best efforts behind the boards in the '80s, and Chris Thomas's production is State of the Art as usual
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: "Happily, this is a reunion that works like gangbusters, capturing everybody at a near-peak of their form."
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Joe Jackson
Body and Soul

  (Item #: jacksbodya_1807_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superb copy of Body and Soul - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, clean and clear, with far more bass than most copies, this pressing gets this big band to sound like a Big Band
  • Jackson's 1984 release has its sonic problems, but a copy as good as this one goes a long way toward fixing them
  • "Body and Soul uses some of the character of 1982's Night and Day album, but instead of splitting up the music into mild jazz, pop, and modern R&B, he decided to tackle one of the genres wholeheartedly, and in doing so he came up with a truly impeccable release."
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1712_1904-) 

Our Price: $79.99
Sale Price: $59.00 (You save $20.99 / 26%)


  • Very good Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this vintage pressing, on exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A superb album, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Art Garfunkel
Breakaway

  (Item #: garfubreak_1802_1904-) 

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


  • Both sides of this hit-filled solo album from 1975 earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Open, rich, musical and full - Richard Perry went for the Big Sound here and he got it
  • Relatively quiet vinyl for this album, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - most copies are much, much noisier than this one
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Foreigner
Agent Provocateur

  (Item #: foreiagent_1805_1904-) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this copy of Foreigner's fifth studio album - quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally open, clear, and resolving, this pressing presents the music as it was meant to be heard
  • With the band's biggest hit single, "I Want To Know What Love Is," this is a vital addition to any Foreigner fan's collection
  • "It would be difficult to find a band that had more success from 1977 to 1981 than Foreigner, as all four albums released during that time frame would chart Top 5, with the album 4 becoming the band's first Number One album… Even now, more than 30 years after [Agent Provocateur] was released, I think there are several tracks that stand up pretty well with the rest of the band's best material... "
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Bryan Ferry
Bete Noire

  (Item #: ferrybeten_1710_1904-) 

Our Price: $79.99
Sale Price: $49.00 (You save $30.99 / 39%)


  • An exceptional pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides of this hit-packed 1987 Ferry UK pressing are big, rich and tubey - dramatically fuller than most of the others we played
  • Kiss & Tell and The Right Stuff are two of the bigger bangers here, and they both sound the way they should - big and clear
  • Four Stars in AMG: "Bete Noire sparkles as the highlight of Ferry's post-Roxy solo career... Here, his trademark well-polished heartache strikes a fine balance between mysterious moodiness and dancefloor energy..."
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Bob Dylan
Empire Burlesque

  (Item #: dylanempir_1804_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two, this is an excellent copy of Empire Burlesque
  • Incredibly big and rich, with correct tonality from top to bottom, tons of bass and plenty of space, this copy sounded right to us
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it's the most consistent record Bob Dylan has made since Blood on the Tracks" - All Music
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Marshall Crenshaw
Marshall Crenshaw

  (Item #: crensmarh_1711_1904-) 

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


  • A killer copy of Marshall Crenshaw's debut, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from many of the other originals that we played
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic and a classic of "catchy, relatively unadorned guitar rock."
  • "The album is an alternately rousing and heartbreaking cycle of infectious pop rockers ("Cynical Girl," "Rockin' Around in N.Y.C.," "She Can't Dance") and ballads ("Mary Anne," "Not for Me") — none of them clocking in at more than 3:07."
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Johnny Cash
At San Quentin

  (Item #: cash_atsan_1711_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $69.00 (You save $30.99 / 31%)


  • A vintage 360 pressing of a legendary live album, this copy earned Hot Stamper grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We had a blast listening to this album - Cash's banter between the songs is practically as good as the music itself
  • So many great songs: Wanted Man, I Walk the Line, San Quentin, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues and more
  • 5 stars: "...listen to 'A Boy Named Sue,' ... rescued by the wild-eyed, committed performance by Cash, where it sounds like he really was set on murdering that son of a bitch who named him Sue. He sounds that way throughout the record... "
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Kenny Burrell
Blues — The Common Ground

  (Item #: burreblues_1812_1904-) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this original Verve pressing
  • The sound is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • "Blues - The Common Ground finds Burrell backed by lots of brass and wind instruments for most of the album, hardly his usual setting. But his guitar successfully weaves in and out of songs... blending with the band and creating a pleasant balance". - All Music
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Tony Bennett
For Once In My Life

  (Item #: benneforon_1804_1904-) 

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


  • This vintage pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both of these early stereo sides
  • Amazing vocal reproduction courtesy of the brilliant engineering of Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • We are not big soundstage guys here at Better Records, but we can't deny the appeal of the space to be found on a record as good as this
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Jeff Beck
Wired

  (Item #: beck_wired_1802_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $69.00 (You save $30.99 / 31%)


  • An excellent copy of Jeff Beck's third solo effort with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big and full with a punchy bottom end and driving jazz/rock energy, here are the elements critical to the best sounding copies
  • Wired, the sequel to the hugely successful Blow by Blow, was produced by Sir George Martin and mixed by Geoff Emerick
  • "Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form."
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Fleetwood Mac
Bare Trees

  (Item #: fleetbaret_1706_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • It's the impossibly rare copy that's this lively, solid and rich... drop the needle on the title track and you'll see what we mean
  • The albums from Kiln House (1970) through Mystery to Me (1973) have always been some of our favorites by the band
  • "Arguably the first consistently strong album Fleetwood Mac ever recorded [not true, Kiln House is] ... 1972's Bare Trees is also the album where the band finally defines its post-blues musical personality."
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Big Brother & The Holding Company
Self-Titled

  (Item #: bigbrbigbr_1811_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Forget the Mainstream originals and the Columbia reissues - the solid, rich, Tubey Magical sound here is only found on these copies with these stampers
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they didn't press them any quieter in our experience
  • A tough record to find with audiophile quality sound and clean vinyl, two reasons you rarely can find it on the site
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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1802_1904-) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • A Stephen Stills classic, this pressing boasts Hot Stamper sound and relatively quiet vinyl on both sides
  • This is Stills' masterpiece and, when all the elements are working together on a good pressing, the music sounds amazing
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halverson and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are both landmarks of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Listening to this album three decades on, it's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Where’s The Money?

  (Item #: hickswhere_1704-1904-) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • An excellent copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) and playing about as quiet as they ever do
  • The sound is clean, clear, open and relaxed with much of the richness that most copies lack
  • The dryness, the flatness, the you-are-so-not-there-ness of their studio recordings is missing on these sides, thank goodness
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...the album does in fact capture a certain intimacy missing from their studio debut."
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Canned Heat
Canned Heat

  (Item #: cannecanne_1806_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding original pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound, and the vinyl is about as quiet as we can find it
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with rich, Tubey Magical vocals that are only found on these good vintage pressings
  • These "authentic renderings" of blues covers include classics such as Muddy Waters' Rollin' and Tumblin' and Robert Johnson's Dust My Broom
  • 4 stars: "This debut was issued shortly after their appearance at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival... While decidedly more obscure to the casual listener, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones "Story of My Life" is both a high point on this recording, as well as one of the fiercest renditions ever committed to tape."
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Sting
The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

  (Item #: stingdream_1711_1904-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This killer copy boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Sting surrounded himself with legitimate jazz musicians and together they've created an album that gives you the loose, relaxed feel of jazz mixed with Sting's distinct pop sensibility
  • Exceptionally big, full-bodied and musical, with exceptional presence for the most important element of the recording, Sting's voice
  • 4 Stars: "Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful... he proves that he's subtler and craftier than his peers."
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The Faces
A Nod Is As Good As A Wink

  (Item #: facesanodi_1811_1904-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides mean The Faces' British Blues Rock is alive and well on this vintage all analog pressing
  • Rich and solid, yet fairly spacious and transparent, this early Green Label pressing did well in our shootout by having a combination of weight and clarity that really worked for us
  • 5 stars: The Faces' third album finally gave the group their long-awaited hit single in "Stay with Me," helping send the album into the Billboard Top Ten... [It's] the tightest record the band ever made. 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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Elvis Presley
Moody Blue

  (Item #: preslmoody_1809_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a superb copy of Elvis's 1977 famous Moody Blue album
  • Considering the blue vinyl, this copy plays exceptionally well, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Presley's final studio album, released just a month before his death - not his best but there are a number of songs worth hearing here
  • "For all of its slapped-together feel, however, Moody Blue held up. The title song, authored by Mark James (who'd previously written "Suspicious Minds"), was just about as good a single as Elvis released in the 1970s, topping the country charts earlier in 1977; additionally, he did a superb reinterpretation of the George Jones hit "She Thinks I Still Care.""
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Roy Orbison - Orbisongs

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: orbisorbis_songs_2018) 



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

Excellent sound throughout with Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides. This superb pressing is especially Analog Sounding - lively, warm, with rich bass and breathy, clear vocals. Features one of Orbison's greatest legacies, "Oh, Pretty Woman," in stereo no less, and it sounds incredible here.

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Roy Orbison - Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: orbisgreat_2019) 



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

You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Monument stereo pressing. The amazingly talented Bill Porter recorded many of Orbison's classic songs from the early '60s that are found on this compilation. Only a copy this good shows you how phenominal these timeless songs can sound - rich, open, clear, solid and musical.

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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1904_1) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A stunning copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - Tomorrow Never Knows will blow your mind (even more than it blew everybody's mind way back in '66!)
  • Here is the space, energy, presence clarity and massive bottom end you had no idea were even possible on Revolver
  • 14 amazing tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Yellow Submarine; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows (!)
  • "Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release."
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Paul McCartney
Tug of War

  (Item #: mccartugof_1811_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on this outstanding vintage UK pressing of McCartney's Tug Of War - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Relatively rich and full-bodied, yet still clean, clear and spacious, with note-like bass and smoother vocals than most
  • A copy with transparency and clarity like this lets you appreciate George Martin's masterful production work
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... crowd-pleasing genre-hopping.. in general -- it is, by design, a record that gives the people old Beatle Paul -- but McCartney in general."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: basiebasie_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides are super big and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end - musically and sonically this is one of the best Basie Big Band records!
  • Guaranteed to be dramatically livelier and more dynamic than any Basie title you've heard
  • Lots of tight, deep, note-like bass and mostly correct timbre for the brass throughout
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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1904_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Steely Dan's 1977 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the jazzy funk in the music
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "
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