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Count Basie - Kansas City 5

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_2016) 



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

Another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, and this one is killer with Triple Triple grades. It's bigger, more solid and rich, with extension on both ends of the frequency spectrum that no other copy could match. First time on the site - a great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar.

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The Beatles - Revolver

1981 Parlophone Mono Reissue

  (Item #: beatlrevol_mono) 



Sonic Grade: F

A great sounding record in stereo, potentially anyway, but this later reissue in mono is so awful it deserves a special place in our Hall of Shame.

My notes for side one: hard, sour, no bass. Side two: dumbass small mono, so unclear.

We love the mono mix of For No One, but not when it sounds like this! The only Beatles vinyl we offer on our site are stereo pressings. Our reasons for doing this are straightforward enough. (Continued below)

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Phil Collins - Face Value

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: collifacev_2007) 



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

This Minty British LP has two AMAZING SIDES! Song after song, Collins’ songwriting and musicianship shine with this breakout record. The sound on these Hot Stampers is VIBRANT! Side one has SUPERB extention on the top, PUNCHY BASS and excellent texture on the drums and percussion. Side two has BIG SOUND with really spacious strings and vocals.

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Phil Collins - Face Value

Whomp Factor

  (Item #: collifacev_whomp) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

Until we heard some of the better copies we were simply not able to appreciate just how important good bass definition and serious weight down low are to the sound of this record. When the bass is wooly or thin, as it is on so many copies -- not clear, not deep, not full enough -- it throws the rest of the mix off. When the bass is huge and powerful the music itself becomes huge and powerful.

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Elvis Costello - Trust

The Best Sounding Record of 1981?

  (Item #: costetrust_1981) 



With the right full-range big speaker system, one that can really move air from the midrange down, either side of Trust may end up becoming one of your favorite DEMO DISCS. The overall clarity and transparency of the best British pressings are superb, allowing you to appreciate subtleties in the top end even when the bass and drums are really POUNDING. Play Whisper to a Scream on side two for some of the best pounding on the album. If that song doesn't get your blood pumping, you need a bypass to unblock a few arteries, stat.

Is Trust the best sounding album from 1981? It gets my vote.

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What We Listen For on Elvis Costello's Trust

The Bass Is (Almost) All

  (Item #: costetrust_listen) 



There’s a TON of low-end on this record; regrettably, most copies suffer from either a lack of bass or a lack of bass definition. I can’t tell you how much you’re missing when the bass isn’t right on this album. (Or if you have the typical bass-shy audiophile speaker, yuck.)

It’s without a doubt THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT of the sound on this album. When the bass is right, everything falls into place, and the music comes powerfully to life. When the bass is lacking or ill-defined, the music seems labored; the moment-to-moment rhythmic changes in the songs blur together, and the band just doesn’t swing the way it’s supposed to.

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Al Di Meola et al. - Friday Night in San Francisco

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: dimeofrida_2019) 



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

A KILLER copy of this Columbia red label pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades.

"... a meeting of three of the greatest guitarists in the world for an acoustic summit the likes of which the guitar-playing community rarely sees... All in all, Friday Night in San Francisco is a fantastic album and one of the best entries in all of these guitarists' fine discographies."

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The Doobie Brothers - Best Of The Doobies Volume II

Our Shootout Winner from 2005

  (Item #: doobibesto_2005) 



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

This Warner Brothers LP has exceptionally good sound -- you would never know you are listening to a greatest hits compiliation. I bought a promo pressing recently and decided to shoot it out with two copies that had been sitting on the shelf for a long time. The Promo was not particularly impressive; neither was one of the other copies but this one stood head and shoulders above them. It's full of ambience; the sound is rich and sweet; the vocals are tonally correct and not spitty; and the more you play it, the better you like it -- the shortest definition of a Better Record I know of.

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Brian Eno / David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: enobymylif_2007) 



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

This QUIET Original Sire LP has EXCELLENT SOUND! We just did a mini-shootout for this fun album, and this copy was the clear winner on both sides. It’s got the kind of deep, meaty, well-defined bass that’s absolutely critical to this music. The various instruments and noises have more room to breathe than on the other copies we played. The overall sound is airy, open, and spacious with excellent clarity. The percussion -- a HUGE part of this album -- sounds Right On The Money. You can really hear the sound of the skins!

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Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: evansyoumu_2013) 



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

A superb side one backed with a very good side two, both on quiet vinyl! This relaxed piano jazz album has been one of our preferred Bill Evans releases around here, not in small part because the best copies can sound wonderful like this. The typical copy of this album lacks the energy and drive to keep the music from getting sleepy, but this side one does everything we could ask for -- it's very dynamic and full-bodied, there's real weight to the piano, and the overall sound is natural and warm. We gave it an A+++.

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Foreigner - 4

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: forei4_2016) 



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

What's key to the sound of Foreigner's records? Obviously the big one would have to be ENERGY, a subject we have discussed at length here on the site. Next would be punchy ROCK BASS, followed by clear, present vocals. Those would be the big three.

Many copies were gritty, some were congested in the louder sections, some never got big, some were thin and lacking the analog richness of the best -- we heard plenty of copies whose faults were obvious when played against the better sides such as these.

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Genesis - Abacab

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: genesabaca_2014) 



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

Another top recording from Hugh Padgham, the man who engineered The Police's best sounding album, Synchronicity, as well as Phil Collins' first album. He gets the Big, Rich, Smooth Rock Sound during the '80s like few others we know of. Tons of bass too. We also quite like the big drums and meaty guitars he was able to bring to XTC's English Settlement (a record we just never see anymore; wonder where they all went?).

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Genesis - Abacab

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: genesabaca_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Simply Vinyl pressing debunked.

Dreadful sound.

Check out our Rock and Jazz Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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Joe Jackson's Jumpin’ Jive

Get Rid of Grit and Grain The Right Way

  (Item #: jacksjumpi_advice) 



Jumpin' Jive is one of the clearest examples of an album where it is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT to make sure your stereo is running on good electricity before you make any attempt to play it. This is the kind of recording -- bright, full of energy -- that will bring most stereo systems to their knees. Of course, when you play a good copy and it really sounds good, it's a record that rewards all the time and effort you've put into your system.

So much of the aggressiveness, grit and grain that we hear in immediate, high-energy recordings such as this are really the fault of the electricity feeding the stereo, not the fault of the record or even the equipment used to play it.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: joel_songs_2007) 



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

DEMO DISC LIVE ROCK CONCERT SOUND, Baby! This one has it ALL. The sound has so many wonderful ANALOG qualities when you get a good copy -- the hash and hardness of the typical pressing just disappears, leaving surprisingly transparent and sweet sound on virtually every track. The WHOMP FACTOR here is off the scale. There are few studio recordings that have these kinds of dynamics. We forget how compressed most of them are. It takes a record like this to show you how much LIFE there is in LIVE MUSIC.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

CBS Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: joel_songs_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

Records with too much bass and especially too much top end can't be played loud. The louder you play them the worse they get. Try playing the average MoFi at a loud volume. All that extra 10k starts to make your brain hurt. The CBS half-speed of this album is like that. It's frustrating -- the music makes you want to turn it up but the sound says forget it. Not the good pressings. They sounds BETTER when you play them loud.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: joel_songs_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

You know how you can tell when you have a Hot Stamper? It's the side you play through to the end. When the sound is right you want to hear more. Since the opening track of this record is one of the keys to knowing whether it's mastered and pressed properly, once you get past the sibilance hurdle on track one, the next step is to find out how the challenges presented by the rest of the tracks are handled on any given LP. Some advice follows.

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Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: jonespirat_2016) 



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

The typical copy of this album has a number of problems: midrange honk; hardness to the vocals; lack of presence; congestion; insufficient energy; blunted transients; grainy highs and so on. The Warner Bros. team of this era (Herscberg, Titleman, Waronker, etc.) brought us some wonderful recordings, but you'd never know it from listening to the typical '80s WB Tan Label LP, which tend to be pretty poor. Of course, search hard enough and you can find a copy that delivers some of the magic of the master tape, and that's exactly what we have here.

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Journey - Escape

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: journescap_2013) 



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

A White Hot shootout winning Ultimate Side Two, on quiet vinyl no less. Side one is Super Hot, big and lively. The chorus really ROCKS on Don't Stop Believin'. The Number One album that single-handedly catapulted them into the Big Time. Stone in Love, Who's Crying Now and Open Arms all sound amazing.

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David Lindley - El Rayo-X

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: lindlelray_2010) 



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

After hearing Lindley's white-bread session playing on '70s albums by Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, et al., you might think the man must have a stick stuck up his butt. His solos never seem to let loose or get loose, and they rarely rock. Mercury Blues on this, his best album, is proof positive that he can rock like a wild man when he wants to. On this album, perhaps for the first time, he really does seem to want to.

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Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Arrau / Davis

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: lisztconce_arrau_2011) 



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

SUPERB orchestral sound on side one, dramatically better than what you might expect from the typical Philips import pressing. The sound is BIG, rich, clear and present for the first piano concerto. The piano is percussive and weighty, and the strings have lovely texture -- this is Top Quality Sound. You know it when you hear it! We rated side one Super Hot: A++. No other side of any copy in our shootout scored higher.

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Liszt & Weber / Ballade No. 2, Mephisto Waltz, more / Bar-Illan

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: lisztpiano_audiofon_2011) 



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

The Liszt side here actually has the best sound. This is one of the few audiophile-oriented recordings I have ever played that actually sounded NATURAL and CORRECT. This is a very real sounding piano; there are not many recordings that can capture that instrument's weight, but this one sure does.

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Little Feat - Hoy-Hoy

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: littlhoyho_2011) 



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

This Warner Brothers Double LP is one of the all time TOP Little Feat albums and a longtime personal favorite. Three out of the four sides here are White Hot, as good as it gets -- A+++, and the fourth is just a half plus behind at A++1/2. It's been a very long time since a double album made it to our site with grades like these -- 11 1/2 pluses out of 12!

And side three was so good I noted that it might as well be A++++ -- no other side of the ten copies we played could touch it, not even the three other ones here. Teenage Nervous Breakdown (Live) is a real Demo Disc Quality track.

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Little Feat - Hoy-Hoy

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: littlhoyho_depth) 



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

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

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Men At Work - Business As Usual

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: menatbusin_2015) 



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

The only way to hear this album sound right is on Australian, Dutch, British and even Japanese vinyl. Yes, we have heard them all. We've liked about one out of every one hundred Japanese pressings we've played over the last twenty years. We were surprised to find that the Japanese copy of Business As Usual we played many years ago was pretty good, for what that's worth, and of course we can't be sure that on our current system with our current ears we would feel the same.

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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita...

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: metheasfal_2017) 



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

This spacey music needs huge amounts of reproducible recording space to work its ethereal magic. The best sides were always the biggest, clearest and most three-dimensional, assuming they were able to retain the rich, natural, balanced tonality that is inherently key to a good record, or a great one in this case.

Hard to find them quiet though!

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: nicksbella_2016) 



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

It's easy to spot the good ones. They're big and rich, never thin nor harsh. They open up on the top end and go down deeper on the bottom. They're smooth and full-bodied in the midrange. Stevie's vocals are breathy and present. The energy of her performance drives the music the way you want it to.

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna

Speculate Shmeculate

  (Item #: nicksbella_speculate) 



Another in our ongoing series of Random Thoughts on issues concerning music and recordings.

The sound of the typical copy can best be summed up in three words: thin, hard and bright. When the sound is thin or hard or bright the fun factor of this mainstream drops to zero. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around and Leather And Lace both sound great on the radio, why not on Warners vinyl? We can't blame Sheffield Labs, the original cutting house: all the copies we played -- good, bad and otherwise -- were originals and mastered by them.

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Red Norvo Quintet - The Forward Look (UHQR)

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: norvoforwa_2015) 



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

White Hot on both sides, DEMO DISC QUALITY sound. Side one has some of the most realistic live jazz club sound you will ever hear. Side two is dynamic, huge and immediate like you few records we know. This is what an audiophile record is supposed to sound like - AMAZING.

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Pepper, Klemmer, Griffin, et al. - Ballads By Four

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: peppeballa_2011) 



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

Super Hot Stamper sound on BOTH sides of this wonderful Galaxy original pressing. There are four extended ballads, two on each side, and each of them is played with real passion and skill by this group of veteran horn men and their respective rhythm sections. The recording itself is one of the best I've heard on Galaxy, the other top Galaxy title being Art Pepper Today. Joe Henderson is the leader not mentioned in our listing title, so with his addition we have four of the best saxophone ballad players, backed by a top rhythm section, all performing material that has stood the test of time. This is the kind of record the world needs more of!

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Art Pepper - One September Afternoon

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: peppeonese_2012) 



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

AN EXCELLENT A++ SIDE TWO for this album -- this is an excellent recording from 1980, one of the best of the later Art Pepper period during which Art was signed with Galaxy and was devoting his remaining years to playing and recording as much as possible. The album is engineered by Baker Bigsby, as is Art Pepper Today (1978), my personal favorite Art Pepper album and amazing sounding if you can find the right pressing (we're working on it!).

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Tom Petty - Hard Promises

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: pettyhardp_2014) 



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

The best copy we've heard in years, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides -- "The Waiting" sounds superb. You get incredible energy and presence, full extension up top and real weight down low. Many copies can get thin and edgy -- especially on the vocals -- but not this one.

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The Police - Ghost in the Machine

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: policghost_2009) 



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

Ghost In The Machine is a VERY tough album to get to sound right, but this pressing absolutely NAILED IT on side one. I’m talking about A+++, As Good As It Gets, Master Tape Quality Sound -- and you Police fanatics are going to flip when you hear it. We’ve been scooping up copies with various stampers that have shown promise in the past, but unfortunately most of them we played did nothing for us.

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The Police - Ghost in the Machine

Nautilus Debunked

  (Item #: policghost_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

And to think we used to actually like the sound of the Nautilus pressing! It suffers from all the same shortcomings other Nautilus and similar half-speeds suffer from: the kind of pretty but lifeless and oh-so-boring sound that we describe in listing after listing. (More bad Nautilus pressings are discussed below.)

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The Pretenders - Pretenders II

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: pretepreteII_2017) 



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

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

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Lee Ritenour - Rit

Discovery Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: ritenrit_discovery) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Heavy Vinyl Rock or Jazz LP debunked.

We played our very good sounding Nautilus pressing against the 180g Discovery reissue that Doug Sax remastered and it SMOKED it. What a muddy piece of trash that Discovery pressing is.

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Lee Ritenour - Rit

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: ritenrit_nr41) 



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

This very nice Nautilus Half-Speed Mastered LP has SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND and plays pretty quiet, mostly Mint Minus. We played this against the 180g Discovery reissue that Doug Sax remastered and it SMOKED it. What a piece of muddy trash that Discovery pressing is.

Members of both Toto and Chicago play on this album, so fans of either should get a kick out of this music.


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Shorty Rogers Big Band - Jazz Waltz

Leave the Originals for the Jazz Collectors

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_2014) 



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

The original Reprise pressing, whether in mono or stereo, has never sounded very good to us. The mono is quite a bit worse than the stereo - no surprise there - but both must be considered poor reflections of the master tape.

We sold one many years ago, describing it this way: "Beautiful Original with decent sound -- rich, smooth and sweet."

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The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: rollitatto_2011) 



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

THE BEST SIDE TWO WE'VE HEARD, which means we've never heard Waiting On A Friend sound this good on any other copy! We just finished a huge shootout for this 1981 Stones album, one that the All Music Guide tags as "essential latter-day Stones". In the tradition of other late '70s / early '80s Stones albums (Some Girls, Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock And Roll), the sound is a bit raw at times, but a copy like this one gives you enough energy, body and richness to make for some very enjoyable serious listening.

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Jack Sheldon - Unreleased UHQR Test Pressing

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: sheld_playi_uhqr) 



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

This is a PRACTICALLY BRAND NEW UHQR JVC Test Record. The record is virtually unplayed! The RAREST of the RARE! I'm SHOCKED at how good this record sounds. It has AMAZING live jazz sound.

Jack Sheldon - Playin' It Straight

Here’s Jack on trumpet with his Late-Show All-Stars: Alan Broadbent, piano; Pete Christlieb, tenor & baritone saxes & flute; Joel Di Bartolo, bass: Mundell Lowe, guitar; Tommy Newsom, alto sax & flute; and Ed Shaughnessy, drums.

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Billy Squier - Don't Say No

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: squiedonts_2013) 



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

This Billy Squier LP has HUGE Rock Sound -- the guitars and drums are positively jumping out of the speakers with dynamic energy, presented on a stage that's exceptionally wide and tall -- which means the two monster hits In The Dark and The Stroke both rock like crazy, with more bottom and top end extension than practically any of the other copies we played.

There's a reason this album sounds big and lively. It was produced by Mack ("& Billy" according to the liner notes), Mack being the man who produced one of the few truly amazing sounding Queen albums, The Game. If you've ever heard a serious Hot Stamper of that album, you know what we're talking about when we say it delivers the Big Rock Sound we love here at Better Records. Turn it up and rock out!


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James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: taylodadlo_2011) 



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

This Hot Stamper original Columbia is THE KING, the Best Sounding Copy we have ever played -- the sound was OUT OF THIS WORLD! In fact, side two went so far beyond what we've come to expect from this album that we had to award it the rare Four Plus (A++++) grade.

The soundstage and depth on our Hot Stamper copies is HUGE -- this is without a doubt the most spacious recording by James Taylor we've ever heard. If you want your speakers to disappear, replaced by a huge studio full of musicians playing their hearts out, this is the album that can do it.

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James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work

His Most Underrated Album? Sadly, the Answer Is Yes

  (Item #: taylodadlo_underrated) 



This is one of our favorite James Taylor albums here at Better Records, a Forgotten Classic from 1981. It's the last album written and performed by this hugely talented man that bears much resemblance to the genius of his early work. It's steeply, steeply downhill after DLHW. (Case in point: His specials for PBS of the last few years are a positive cure for insomnia, with every song slowed down and all the energy drained from the material.)

But he still had fire in his belly when he made this one -- one listen to Stand and Fight is all the evidence you need; the song rocks as hard as anything the guy ever did. And it's got plenty of cowbell, always a good sign.

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James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work

What to Listen For

  (Item #: taylodadlo_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.

The soundstage and depth on our Hot Stamper copies is HUGE -- this is without a doubt the most spacious recording by James Taylor we've ever heard. If you want your speakers to disappear, replaced by a huge studio full of musicians playing their hearts out, this is the album that can do it. But of course there's a lot more to the sound of the best copies than a big soundstage. Tonality is key.

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Mel Torme - Live at Marty's

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: tormelivea_2012) 



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

We just finished a shootout for this album and had a blast with the ol’ Velvet Fog. Many copies of this album are transistory, gritty and dry, but this one has got enough richness and warmth to smooth out those unpleasant qualities. The immediacy and presence throughout are going to KNOCK YOU OUT. Mel is gonna be in the room with you when you play this one good and loud.

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Sarah Vaughan - Send In The Clowns

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: vaughsendi_2018) 



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

Sarah Vaughan's 1981 collaboration hits the site for the FIRST time and this pressing is KILLER - guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard. Basie's horns are really blastin' on this pressing. Sassy's remarkable vocal range and flexibility are on full display here, singing favorites including "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and, of course, the title track.

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Vivaldi - Cello Concertos -- Paul Tortelier

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: vivalcello_emi) 



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

This is a minty EMI British Pressing from 1981 featuring Paul Tortelier on the cello. The sound is very good in the EMI tradition, but even better, the music is WONDERFUL. These Vivaldi concertos are lovely. I was unfamiliar with them, so discovering this music today was a joy. And the vinyl is VERY QUIET. This record plays like it's brand new, which is what it appears to be. The cover is mint as well.

Contains "Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos" and "Concerto in C for Violin and Two Cellos".

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Ben Webster - The Warm Moods

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: webstwarmm_2014) 



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

Amazing sound and wonderful music on this lovely Ben Webster and Strings album recorded in 1961! I don't think you could find a better sounding album of this kind of music. This is calm, relaxed jazz performed expertly by Webster backed by a small orchestra capably conducted by Johnny Richards.

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