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White Hot Stamper

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_1407_3) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A truly stunning copy with Triple Plus sound on both sides
  • Super full and lively with excellent tonal balance -- they don't get any better than this
  • I Need To Know and Listen To Her Heart sound incredible here
  • Our favorite Petty record here at Better Records
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Super Hot Stamper

Rod Stewart
Atlantic Crossing

  (Item #: stewaatlan_1407_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent Double Plus side two - rich, big and spacious
  • Side one earned One Plus; it's clear and somewhat full
  • Muscle Shoals rock- and soul-inflected pop from producer Tom Dowd
  • AMG raves that "Three Time Loser and Stone Cold Sober catch fire", and they do!
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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1407) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A Top Copy of this all-time classic, with both sides clocking in at or near our top grade of Triple Plus
  • Amazingly rich, full and natural throughout, with plenty of presence and texture as well
  • This album is loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "It remains an illuminating experience decades later." (We wholeheartedly agree!)
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Super Hot Stamper

Carly Simon
No Secrets

  (Item #: simonnosec_1404s) 

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


  • An A++ side one, with superb space and clarity for You're So Vain
  • A+ to A++ sound on side two, very full-bodied and musical
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus on side two, close to that on side one
  • Five weeks at Number One, "Carly Simon's best album..." AMG
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Super Hot Stamper

Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_1404s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • Excellent A++ sound for both sides
  • Side one plays relatively quietly for this album and features Your Song
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album
  • Some of the most remarkable string arrangements ever recorded for a pop album
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1404s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • Two Hot Stamper sides, wonderful sound for this All-Time Classic
  • A+ to A++ side one -- very rich and full
  • Side two rates A+ -- tonally correct, clean and clear
  • AMG 5 stars, Better Records Top 100, on quiet vinyl too
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Super Hot Stamper

Dean Martin
This Time I'm Swingin'

  (Item #: martithist_1403s) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • Super Hot stampers on side one - Deano's voice is so rich and tubey
  • Side two is nearly as good, with big, clear, present sound
  • With Nelson Riddle arranging, the album has plenty of swing all right
  • 4 1/2 Stars in the All Music Guide: "...an easy swinging collection..."
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Sax Jazz

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Classic Saxophone Jazz albums

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Piano Jazz

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Classic Piano Jazz albums

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Hot Stamper

Elvis Costello
Armed Forces

  (Item #: costearmed_1305s_2) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $70.99 / 42%)


  • A+ to A++ sound on both sides -- big, lively and solid
  • Unusually quiet Mint Minus vinyl throughout
  • 5 Stars and a Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album
  • AMG is right: Armed Forces "...ranks as his third masterpiece in a row."
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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Rudy Van Gelder

  (Item #: allrudyvangelder) 



RUDY VAN GELDER is one of our favorite recording and mastering engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Rudy Van Gelder engineered albums, along with plenty of our famous commentary.

The really good RVG pressings (often on the later labels) sound shockingly close to live music -- uncompressed, present, full of energy, with the instruments clearly located on a wide and often deep soundstage, surrounded by the natural space and cool air of his New Jersey studio. As our stereo has improved, and we've found better pressings and learned how to clean them better, his "you-are-there" live jazz sound has come to impress us more and more.

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Ambrosia
One Eighty

  (Item #: ambrooneei_1407_1) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • Two Super Hot sides - both are big and rich
  • Turn it up - this is the right sound for this music
  • So analog and Tubey Magical, and from a 1980 recording!
  • "The ballads are... lovingly crafted and boast strong, often complex melodies..." AMG
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George Benson - Breezin’

MoFi Reviewed

  (Item #: bensobreez_mfsl) 



Sonic Grade: B-

Another MoFi reviewed, and surprisingly this one doesn't belong in our Hall of Shame the way most of them do.

It has an excellent side two backed with a pretty good side one. Side two has excellent bass -- for a MoFi -- and lots of energy -- for a MoFi. It’s slightly smooth but overall it’s very musical. The best domestic copies are going to eat its lunch, but try to find one! Most of them are awful.

This MoFi copy, though lacking in many ways, is MUCH BETTER sounding than the other MoFis we played it against, which were really muddy and compressed.

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White Hot Stamper

Ambrosia
One Eighty

  (Item #: ambrooneei_1407) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • Two incredible Triple Plus sides, this copy is doing everything right
  • Side one is big and rich with tons of energy - it's really rockin'
  • Side two is clean, clear and rich, with breathy vocals
  • "The ballads are... lovingly crafted and boast strong, often complex melodies..." AMG
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Super Hot Stamper

Wes Montgomery
California Dreaming

  (Item #: montgcalif_1407_1) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • Side one is a DEMO DISC for Big Production Jazz Guitar music
  • It's big and clear, rich and dynamic like you won't believe
  • Side two is nearly as good - RVG knocked this one out of the park
  • Forget the critics, this is one of Wes's Best Albums of All Time I tell you!
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Hot Stamper

Randy Newman
Trouble In Paradise

  (Item #: newmatroub_1407) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Great solid Single Plus sound on both sides
  • Most copies aren't as big, lively and punchy as this one
  • I Love L.A. sounds great here — lots of presence and energy
  • "His most intelligent and best realized work since Good Old Boys" -- Allmusic
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White Hot Stamper

Bill Evans
Quintessence

  (Item #: evansquint_1407) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus sound from start to finish
  • Side one is so rich and tubey magical with still incredibly open
  • Side two is clean, clear and wonderfully present with a huge dynamic piano sound
  • Evans is joined here by an all-star lineup of Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown and the great Philly Joe Jones.
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White Hot Stamper

Wes Montgomery
California Dreaming

  (Item #: montgcalif_1407) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This is DEMO DISC Quality Big Production Guitar-led Jazz
  • It's big and clear, rich and dynamic like no copy we've ever played
  • Side two is Super Hot - RVG knocked this one out of the park
  • Forget the critics, this is one of Wes's Best Albums of All Time I tell you!
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Super Hot Stamper

Barney Kessel
Barney Kessel Plays Carmen

  (Item #: kessebarne_1407_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Side one is Super Hot - the clarity and openness let the music breathe
  • Super Hot on side two - richer and more Tubey Magical
  • Kessel "swings the themes" on these wonderful Bizet melodies
  • This mono original pressing has good energy on both sides
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Super Hot Stamper

The Allman Brothers
... At Fillmore East

  (Item #: allmaatfil_1407_1) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • An amazing copy, with four excellent A++ sides
  • Huge, energetic sound throughout -- perfect for a live album like this
  • Unusually quiet surfaces throughout
  • A 5-star album in the AMG
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Super Hot Stamper

Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

  (Item #: guarajazzi_1407_1) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • Super Hot on side one - full, with tremendous energy and drive
  • Super Hot on side two - rich and Tubey Magical like no other
  • Sublime, practically magical jazz trio music that belongs in every audiophile's collection
  • AMG 5 Stars: "evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do."
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White Hot Stamper

Barney Kessel
Barney Kessel Plays Carmen

  (Item #: kessebarne_1407) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • White Hot - our notes say "way more dynamic, present and lively." Yeah!
  • Side two is Super Hot - lovely, rich and Tubey Magical
  • Kessel "swings the themes" on these wonderful Bizet melodies
  • This mono original pressing gets the music and the sound right on both sides
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White Hot Stamper

The Allman Brothers
... At Fillmore East

  (Item #: allmaatfil_1407) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An amazing copy, with four shootout-winning A+++ sides
  • Huge, energetic sound throughout -- perfect for a live album like this
  • This copy puts you right in the crowd at the Fillmore for the Allmans show of a lifetime
  • A 5-star album in the AMG
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White Hot Stamper

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

  (Item #: simonpauls_1407) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An amazing Double Plus (A++) side one backed with a killer Triple Plus (A+++) side two
  • This copy gives you amazing clarity, big-time immediacy and loads of energy
  • Unusually quiet Mint Minus vinyl throughout
  • 5 Stars from Allmusic and a Better Records Top 100 album
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White Hot Stamper

Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

  (Item #: guarajazzi_1407) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • White Hot on side one - clearly the best copy we played
  • Super Hot on side two, with punchy bass and drums
  • Sublime, practically magical jazz trio music that belongs in every audiophile's collection
  • AMG 5 Stars: "evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do."
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White Hot Stamper

Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1407) 

Our Price: $469.99

  • An incredible A+++ side one -- lush and tubey, detailed and transparent
  • A++ sound on side two, with superb warmth and tonal balance
  • Quiet surfaces, especially on side one
  • Amazing sound and music -- 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic


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Super Hot Stamper

Laurindo Almeida
Virtuoso Guitar

  (Item #: almeivirtu_1407) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Super Hot on side two (the classical side), DEMO DISC quality sound
  • Clear, spacious, BIG and PRESENT, with zero smear
  • Side one (the jazz side) is nearly as good - the vibes sound awesome
  • This 45 RPM LP was mixed by the legendary Lee Herschberg himself
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Super Hot Stamper

Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kondrashin / Richter

  (Item #: lisztpiano_1402s) 

Our Price: $219.99
Sale Price: $189.99 (You save $30.00 / 14%)


  • The finest Liszt 1st & 2nd Concertos we know of for performance and sound
  • Better than Super Hot sound on side two - the piano is huge and powerful
  • Side two is so big, rich and transparent, we guarantee you do not have a better piano recording
  • Fairly quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
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Super Hot Stamper

Rachmaninoff / Symphonic Dances / Johanos

  (Item #: rachmsymph_1407) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Side one is Super Hot - big, rich and dynamic
  • Side two is even better, more dynamic, with powerful driving energy
  • If you've got the woofer power it demands, look out - this copy has huge weight and whomp
  • Demo Disc sound, and it plays about as quiet as an original Vox record can
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Super Hot Stamper

Ambrosia
Life Beyond L.A.

  (Item #: ambrolifeb_1407) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Super Hot on side two - big and clear
  • Side two is rich and full, not dry the way so many copies are
  • Side one is has good presence and it rocks
  • The last of the Ambrosia albums with strong Prog Rock elements
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Ambrosia and Its Elusive Hot Stamper Pressings

Sage Advice from Calvin Coolidge

  (Item #: ambrosomew_mistake_2014) 



“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge

If you substitute "finding Hot Stamper pressings" for the words "the human race" you will surely appreciate the point of this commentary.

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Is the Average Record Really Worthless?

We Do the Math (So You Don’t Have To)

  (Item #: bloodblood_average) 



What follows is an excerpt from a much older letter in which the writer made the case, as best he could, that spending lots of money on records is foolish when for a dollar one can buy a perfectly good record at a thrift store and get exactly the same music and decent enough sound.

We think this is silly and, with a few rough calculations, a heavy dose of self-promotion and not a little bullying, we set out to prove that the average record is worthless. Prepare to confront our sophistic logic. (Yes, we are well aware that our reasoning is specious, but it's no more specious than anybody else's reasoning about records, so there.)

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Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees

A Long Time Coming

  (Item #: fleetbaret_audio) 



Until not that many years ago we simply were not able to successfully shootout Bare Trees, Fleetwood Mac's wonderful album from 1972. The pressings we were playing just didn't sound very much like Hot Stampers to us. British, German, Japanese, domestic originals, domestic reissues; all of them left much too much to be desired.

Thankfully we can tell you that the best copies sound a whole lot better now than they did then.

It's always true, and needs to be remembered, that most of the shortcomings you hear in the sound of a record are caused by your equipment (which includes record cleaning equipment), your room, and your electricity.

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Super Hot Stamper

Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey

  (Item #: morritupel_1407) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound on both sides with each rating a Double Plus or close to it
  • Both sides are rich, full and lively
  • Wild Nights and the title track sound fantastic
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, with some of Stephen Barncard's best engineering
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1407) 

Our Price: $174.99

  • This 2-pack gives you Super Hot Stamper sound for the complete album
  • Side one is clear and lively with a big bottom end
  • Side two is open with good extension up top and down low
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a Top 100 Title
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The Rolling Stones
Black and Blue

  (Item #: rolliblack_1407) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus sound on side one backed with a solid Single Plus side two
  • Hand Of Fate on side one sounds particularly good — meaty Glyn Johns sound
  • A copy like this lets you appreciate Billy Preston's contributions all over this album
  • Highlights include Memory Motel and Fool to Cry
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Fleetwood Mac
Bare Trees

  (Item #: fleetbaret_1407) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound on side two backed with a great side one
  • A very tough album to find sound this good for
  • Most copies aren't this lively, solid or rich - the title track rocks
  • Great material including Sentimental Lady, Child Of Mine and Spare Me A Little Of Your Love
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Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Nefertiti

  (Item #: davisnefer_1407) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Two great sides, both clocking in at Single Plus
  • Clean, clear and open with tons of energy
  • Very quiet, Mint Minus on both sides
  • "Music that is always searching, always provocative, and never boring" -- Allmusic
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Super Hot Stamper

Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story

  (Item #: stewaevery_1407_1) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • Two excellent sides for this superb recording
  • A Super Hot side one — Every Picture Tells A Story sounds fantastic here
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, and Rod's best by far
  • "[F]ew rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich." — AMG 5 Stars
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Hot Stamper

Joe Walsh
But Seriously, Folks...

  (Item #: walshbutse_1407_2) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Single Plus sound for both sides -- open and transparent with great presence
  • Life's Been Good sounds great here
  • "Joe Walsh's most insightful and melodic" -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars


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Super Hot Stamper

Sergio Mendes
Equinox

  (Item #: mendeequin_1407) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Super Hot stamper sound for side two - open and three-dimensional
  • Rich and warm, present and transparent, side two here is truly superb
  • AMG: "continues the scrumptiously winning sound that Sergio Mendes cooked up in the mid-'60s."
  • Night and Day, Triste, Gente and Wave in Super Hot Stamper sound? Incredible!
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Super Hot Stamper

Linda Ronstadt
Prisoner In Disguise

  (Item #: ronstpriso_1407_1) 

Our Price: $159.99

  • Two killer sides, both clocking in at or near Double Plus
  • The sound is full and rich with great presence throughout
  • AMG 4 1/2 stars - Love Is a Rose was the big hit here
  • The followup to Heart Like a Wheel with Andrew Gold heavily in the mix
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David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust

  (Item #: bowieziggy_1407_3) 

Our Price: $579.99

  • A Top Copy, with an incredible Triple Plus side one and an excellent Double Plus side two
  • Side one is big, rich and smooth with a lovely extended top end
  • Side two is big and solid with a punchy bottom end
  • 5 Stars in AMG, a Rock & Pop Top 100 album
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Super Hot Stamper

Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_1407) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Super Hot on side two - huge and powerful, with real orchestral excitement
  • Energetic, big and dynamic, with thrilling orchestral climaxes
  • One of our favorite EMI recordings, with a huge hall faithfully recreated on vinyl
  • A TAS List Super Disc and, more importantly, a performance that's hard to fault
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Mike Auldridge - Dobro

  (Item #: auldrdobro_fame) 



A distinguished member of our Unconventional Hall of Fame.

Looking for something a bit different? Here's a wonderful Hot Stamper copy of Mike Auldridge's highly enjoyable Dobro album, giving you wonderful Bluegrass music and sound.

We had a lot of fun hearing how good banjos, mandolins, dobros and fiddles can sound when recorded and mastered properly. Anyone who follows the site knows that rock & roll music is our bread and butter, but it's great fun to hear other styles of music around here sometimes, especially when it sounds like this.

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John Williams / Guitar Concertos & more / Groves

  (Item #: casteguita_1407) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This 1977 Columbia LP has GLORIOUS Demo Disc Quality sound on side one
  • Holds its own with the best orchestral guitar works of Rodrigo, Falla and Albeniz
  • The guitar is correctly sized in relation to the orchestra, and that's rare in our experience
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concerto No. 1 is guaranteed to enchant the audiophile music lover
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Joe Walsh
But Seriously, Folks...

  (Item #: walshbutse_1407_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two Double Plus sides for this killer 2-pack set
  • The sound is super clear and spacious, and the overall tonality is very rich and full-bodied
  • Life's Been Good sounds great, as do all the other tracks
  • "Joe Walsh's most insightful and melodic" -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars


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Super Hot Stamper

Jimi Hendrix / Otis Redding
Live At Monterey

  (Item #: hendrreddi_1407_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Killer Double Plus sound for side two, the Hendrix side
  • Side one, the Otis Redding side, is great as well at Single Plus
  • Both performances are truly outstanding, especially on a copy like this
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledzeIV_1407_3) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • A killer Double Plus side one, super rich and solid with great clarity
  • Side two clocks in at Single Plus, with correct tonality and good detail and texture
  • Stairway to Heaven sounds fantastic here
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100, and an undeniable classic
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George Benson
Breezin'

  (Item #: bensobreez_1407_1) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Two great sides, both earning Single Plus grades
  • The sound here is lively and full-bodied, with natural, balanced tonality
  • Very quiet vinyl, Mint Minus throughout
  • A crossover smash that even hit Number One on the pop charts
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