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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1807_1810) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An amazing copy of this Prog Blockbuster, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • This is a complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes, lots of multi-tracking, and what practically amounts to an overload of information
  • What a monster -- incredible richness and clarity with amazing presence, TONS of energy and breathtaking transparency
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1810) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides - just shy of White Hot
  • Plenty of Prog Rock Power is on display here - Eddie Offord's engineering is Hard To Fault throughout
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record - quiet too, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "It was the addition of Steve Howe's guitar pyrotechnics that finally allowed Yes to find their true identity. The Yes Album is a giant leap forward."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Time And A Word

  (Item #: yes__timea_1809) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding copy of Time And A Word boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This original Atlantic Plum and Orange Label UK pressing is doing it all - super big and rich yet still clean, clear and open with excellent bass and tons of Tubey Magic
  • Absolutely as quiet an original copy as can be found - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides (with one issue, noted below)
  • If you've ever heard one of our Yes Album Hot Stampers, you'll know what to expect here - superb sound throughout
  • "If Yes‘ debut was a prelude to their glory years as a band, Time and a Word sees them making a bold first step into the realm of prospective greatness."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Time And A Word

  (Item #: yes__timea_1806_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this killer pressing of Time And A Word
  • Some of the best High-Production-Value rock music of the '60s and '70s
  • If you've ever heard one of our Yes Album Hot Stampers, you'll know what to expect here -- Demo Disc sound throughout
  • "If Yes‘ debut was a prelude to their glory years as a band, Time and a Word sees them making a bold first step into the realm of prospective greatness."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • Two outstanding sides, each earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - they make sense of this sophisticated 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 is actually fairly quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1801_1809) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning Double to Triple (A++ to A+++) sound for side one, just shy of White Hot - Roundabout will blow your mind; quiet vinyl too!
  • Superb clarity, ZERO smear, astonishing transparency - thanks go to Eddie Offord for his superb engineering
  • Double Plus (A++) sound on side two - Long Distance Runaround is the big Demo Disc track here
  • 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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Hot Stamper

Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This early domestic Atlantic pressing of Yes's classic fifth album earned Hot Stamper sonic grades on both sides
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come any cleaner than this
  • 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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Yes - Close To The Edge

A MoFi Winner (?)

  (Item #: yes__close_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: Side One: B to B+ / Side Two: C

A few years back we wrote the commentary you see below. We can't say if we would still agree with the sentiments expressed, so take what you read with a grain of salt, and remember that no two records sound the same. If your copy is better or worse on either side it will not come as a surprise to us here at Better Records!

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - Yessir, That’s My Baby

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: basieyessi_2012) 



Side two of this wonderful Basie Peterson record has nearly White Hot Stamper Demo Disc sound -- jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied. Man, that is the sound of glorious ANALOG. A++ to A+++ is our conservative grade. It might be worth the full Three Pluses but we just can't find enough copies to know if this side could get any better. There is not a single critical comment of any kind in the notes, so that ought to tell you that you are in for a real sonic treat with this side two.
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Everything But the Beer / Fiedler Conducts a Boston Pops Concert

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: varioevery_6082_2012) 



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

This VERY RARE 2 LP Shaded Dog pressing has Super Hot Stamper sound. Much of what's good about Golden Age recordings is heard here, with side one for example having the sound of a HUGE hall and that Three-Dimensional quality that the best vintage recordings are able to convey so well.

We constantly knock Heavy Vinyl here at Better Records for the simple reason that we play vintage recordings such as this by the score every month and can hear what they do so well. Unfortunately the huge hall and the 3-D soundstaging they effortlessly reproduce cannot be found on any Heavy Vinyl pressing we know of.

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John Coltrane - Lush Life

DCC and OJC Reviewed

  (Item #: coltrlushl_dcc) 



Sonic Grade: B or so (DCC)
Sonic Grade: C or so (OJC)

The DCC heavy vinyl pressing is a nice record; I remember liking it back in the day. I'm guessing it's a bit better than the '80s OJC, which is, like most OJC pressings, typically thin and hard. Neither one of them can hold a candle to the pressings we offer on the site. If for some reason we could not find copies of the album that substantially beat the sound of either of these two remastered LPs, we simply would not have anything to offer, since neither of these versions could be considered Hot Stampers. Nice records, sure, but Hot Stampers? Not a chance.

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John Coltrane - Lush Life

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: coltrlushl_2016) 



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

We've been searching for years trying to find just what kind of Lush Life pressing -- what era, what label, what stampers, mono or stereo, import or domestic -- had the potential for good sound.

No, scratch that. We should have said excellent sound. Exceptional sound. We've played plenty of copies that sounded pretty good, even very good, but exceptional? A pressing of that caliber had eluded us -- until 2016.

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The Yes Album

... That Kind of Money Damn Well Better Buy You Amazing Sound! ...

  (Item #: yes__yesal_letter) 



This letter of the week comes from one of our long time customers, Gary, who was blown away by the sound of our Aja, Yes Album and Fragile Hot Stampers. We agreed, noting that it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE for records to sound like the ones we sent him!

Dropping you a line to tell you that these two albums have four of the greatest sounding sides of music I have experienced.

Last week, when the Thursday mailer came out, I happened to be listening to The Yes Album, your hot stamper. I am astounded every time I play that record. I had no choice but to grab your Fragile HS. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on Aja as well, after shooting out the 4 or 5 copies I have.

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Yes - Close To The Edge

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__close_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

The toughest nut to crack in the entire Yes catalog! We’ve been trying for years to bring you Hot Stamper copies of this one, but it is one tough task. Here’s the copy that proved to us just how much this album can cook if your stereo is up to it and you’ve got the right pressing. We went through Imports, Plain Ol’ Domestics, White Label Promos and what have you, and no other copy had two sides this strong.

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Yes - Fragile

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__fragi_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

MASTER TAPE SOUND! We doubt you’ve heard too many rock records that sound as AMAZING as this one. It’s dynamic, punchy and powerful, with the kind of super-low distortion sound that lets you really crank the levels, the louder the BETTER! How many Yes records will let you do that? THIS ONE WILL! That's what you get for your $750 -- the kind of sound that will blow your mind.

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Yes - Fragile

... I Didn’t Know Yes LPs Could Sound Like This ...

  (Item #: yes__fragi_testimonial) 



Our good customer Franklin wrote us a nice letter to let us us how much he loved his Fragile Hot Stamper. He''s so right: that was one AMAZING sounding record!

Just listened to the Yes album Fragile. FANTASTIC!!!!! I didn't know Yes LPs could sound like this. Any Yes LPs I've ever heard were harsh sounding and after a couple of minutes my ears would start to hurt. Thanks!

Regards,
Franklin

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Yes - Fragile

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: yes__fragi_obsess) 



FRAGILE is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries. Below you can find a letter one of our good customers wrote about his Hot Stamper pressing.

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Yes - Fragile

British Band, British Pressing... Right?

  (Item #: yes__fragi_myth) 



Not Really. It’s just another Record Myth.

Some of you may remember that back in the '90s (and even into the 2000s, gulp) we preferred the sound on the British original pressings for the most famous Yes albums, Fragile among them.

There's no way around it, folks: We Was Wrong. While the Brit copies can have some very nice qualities, they just can't compete with the best domestic pressings of Fragile.

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Yes - Fragile

Analogue Productions LP Reviewed

  (Item #: yes__fragi_ap) 



Sonic Grade: C

The Analogue Productions 180g reissue shown here is mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Grey, two guys I respect, but the results of their latest collaboration leave much to be desired. The overall sound is lean. This is especially noticeable on the too thin-sounding guitars and vocals. Believe me, it's no fun to play a Yes album with thin guitars and vocals.

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Yes - Fragile

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: yes__fragi_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with plenty of advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Fragile.

EDDIE OFFORD took charge of Yes's engineering with Time and a Word (1970) and we are very lucky that he did. Although his masterpiece is surely ELP's first album, both The Yes Album and Fragile are so well recorded they clearly belong at the top of any list of All Time Great Sounding Rock Albums.

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Yes - Fragile

Roundabout Vs. South Side of the Sky

  (Item #: yes__fragi_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with specific advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you go about critically evaluating your copies of Fragile.

This shootout taught us that track one is not as well recorded as the rest of side one. On copy after copy, and there were well over a dozen, it was the other big track on side one, South Side of the Sky, that had consistently better sound. You really hear it in the choruses, where the voices are so full-bodied, powerful, rich and energetic on that fourth track, and less of all of these qualities on the first.

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Yes - The Yes Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__yesal_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

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

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Yes - The Yes Album

Rhino 180g Debunked

  (Item #: yes__yesal_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing. The worst version ever? Could be! That notorious hack Ron McMaster strikes again.

Rhino Records has really made a mockery of the analog medium. Rhino bills their releases as pressed on "180 gram High Performance Vinyl". However, if they are using performance to refer to sound quality, we have found the performance of their vinyl to be quite low, lower than the average copy one might stumble upon in the used record bins.

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Yes - The Yes Album

What We Learned from Our Shootout in 2007

  (Item #: yes__yesal_wrong) 



Some of our oldest customers may remember that we used to prefer the British Originals for this album back in the '90s. There's no other way to say it, folks: We Was Wrong.

While the Brit copies can have some nice qualities, they just can't compete with the very best domestic pressings. No British Original we played rated above a solid A for either side. Based on what we heard in our shootout, we feel VERY confident that the master tapes for this album are in America. There is NO WAY this record is not cut from the master tape. Dubs just don't sound like this. If you are still under the impression that British bands sound best on British vinyl, this pressing will disabuse of such mystical notions.

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Yes, We're Getting Awfully Close To The Edge

Are Your Planets Aligned?

  (Item #: yes__close_planets) 



A word of caution: Even our Hottest Stamper copies can sound problematical unless your system is firing on all cylinders. Your electricity has got to be cooking, you've got to be using the right room treatments, and ideally you should be using a demagnetizer such as the Talisman on the record itself, your cables (power, interconnect and speaker) as well as the individual drivers of your speakers.

This is a record that's going to demand a lot from the listener, and we want to make sure that you're up to the challenge. If you don't mind putting in a little hard work, here's a record that will reward you many times over, and probably teach you a thing or two about tweaking your gear in the process.

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