Top Artists – Eric Clapton, Cream, Blind Faith, etc.

Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes – Our Shootout Winner from 2011

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This Minty looking Warner Brothers Duck Promo LP fetures Ry Cooder, Donald Duck Dunn and Albert Lee.

This album has that Master Tape sound. You feel as though you are hearing what the engineer intended. The one real flaw in the recording is the amount of compression the engineer used — it’s a bit heavy handed. This is after all a radio friendly pop album, so no surprise there. I doubt if there are many better sounding copies around than this one. (more…)

Eric Clapton – Slowhand – Our Shootout Winner from 2012

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Great sound for one of our favorite Clapton albums! There are some excellent songs here, including Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, and Lay Down Sally. As you may know, it is notoriously difficult to find good sound quality for this album. The typical pressing is just too dull and veiled to enjoy. (more…)

Eric Clapton – Just One Night

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With so many bad sounding Clapton albums from the mid- to late ’70s out there in the bins, it’s refreshing to hear this material sounding lively and clear for a change. The performances seem to hold up as well. If you like the “Tulsa Time” era, this record is going to be hard to beat.

Many of his best songs are here, including Lay Down Sally, Wonderful Tonight, After Midnight, Blues Power, Cocaine, Further on Up the Road and plenty more. (more…)

Blind Faith – Blind Faith – MoFi Debunked

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Sonic Grade: C-

Our latest shootout this time around (07/09) left us with a fairly large serving of egg on our face concerning the commentary we had written for the MoFi pressing of Blind Faith, a textbook example of We Was Wrong.

It’s rich and sweet with SHOCKINGLY GOOD SOUND. MFSL did a masterful job with this one, I’d put it in the top 10 MOFIs of all-time!

I regret to say none of that is true.

Blind Faith has many of the same problems as the later Japanese pressed MoFis like Thick As A Brick and Meddle which we discuss in more detail below.

About Thick As A Brick we wrote:

As we noted last time we listed the MOFI LP:

“This MOFI is super TRANSPARENT and OPEN, and the top end should sound lush and extended. If you prize clarity, this is the one!”

But if you prize clarity at the expense of everything else, you are seriously missing the boat on Thick As A Brick. The MOFI is all mids and highs with almost nothing going on below. This is a rock record, but without bass and dynamics the MOFI can’t rock, so what exactly is it good for?

Like Meddle, one of the last of the MOFI titles to be pressed in Japan, it’s a pale shadow of the real thing. It has no business in the collection of any audiophile worth his salt. If you want to hear this music right, let us get you a Hot Stamper pressing. It’s guaranteed to blow your mind. We’ll even take your MOFI in trade and sell it to some unsuspecting audiophile who still buys into that Half-Speed Mastered Nonsense.

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton – Our Shootout Winner from 2013

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TWO AMAZING SIDES RATING AT OR NEAR A+++! Man, what a revelation to hear this old favorite sound so incredibly rich and open. And at Mint Minus on both sides, this one is exceptionally quiet to boot! You’ll have a VERY difficult time finding one that plays this quietly and sounds this good lying around in the bins, that’s for sure.

Both sides here are absolutely stunning, with all the richness and sweetness we could ask for. The clarity, transparency, and presence here far outpace the other sides we heard in our shootout. White Hot Stamper sound all the way! (more…)

Eric Clapton – E.C. Was Here

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E.C. Was Here

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  • Superb sound for this UK import pressing with both sides earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, which means that this LP had some of the best sound for the album we heard in our shootout all day
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings – here is the energy, the dynamic power, the low end whomp, and the Clapton-live-in-your-listening-room presence you’ve never experienced on the album before, guaranteed
  • “E.C. Was Here makes it clear that Clapton was and always would be a blues man. The opening cut, “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” clearly illustrates this, and underlines the fact that Clapton had a firm grasp on his blues guitar ability, with some sterling, emotionally charged and sustained lines and riffs… [the album] remains an excellent document of the period.”

*NOTE: A mark makes 3 moderate pops at the beginning of track 2, Presence of the Lord.

These Nearly White Hot Stamper pressings have top quality sound that’s often surprisingly close to our White Hots, but they sell at substantial discounts to our Shootout Winners, making them a relative bargain in the world of Hot Stampers (“relative” being relative considering the prices we charge). We feel you get what you pay for here at Better Records, and if ever you don’t agree, please feel free to return the record for a full refund, no questions asked.

Two Very Special Tracks

Check out Clapton’s superb arrangements and performances of two of the best songs from his short-lived Blind Faith period: Presence of the Lord and Can’t Find My Way Home. They’re two of the highpoints on an album filled with good material that does not seem to get the credit it is due. I bought this album when it came out in 1975 and never really got into it. Of course I had an inferior domestic pressing and a stereo that couldn’t have done the album justice anyway, but in my defense I would have to say that there really wasn’t any such stereo system on the face of the earth; we still had a long way to go. (more…)

Cream – Wheels Of Fire – Our Shootout Winner from 2007

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It wasn’t easy, but we’ve cracked one of the toughest nuts around — WHITE HOT STAMPERS FOR WHEELS OF FIRE! Sides one, two, and three on this RSO British LP have SUPERB SOUND AND QUIET VINYL! We’ve never heard White Room sound nearly as amazing as it does here — you aren’t going to believe all the WHOMP! (more…)

Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard – Our Shootout Winner from 2012

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AN AMAZING A+++ SIDE ONE backed with an EXCELLENT A++ SIDE TWO! This is the best sounding pressing of this album to ever hit our site. It is insanely tough to find copies that aren’t murky, overly smooth and/or lifeless, but after years of struggling with this title we finally landed a big one.

If you’re a fan of this music and want to hear it come to life, this copy can do it!

Side One

A+++, As Good As It Gets (AGAIG)! Big, lively and present, this is a far cry from the typical dull, dead copy. The soundfield is deep and transparent, and all the instruments are textured and detailed. It’s hard to imagine this music sounding any better than this! (more…)

Eric Clapton – There’s One In Every Crowd

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There’s One In Every Crowd

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Clapton’s third solo studio album returns to the site for the first time in almost a year, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish. Balanced, musical and full throughout – this pressing is a big step up from many of the other copies we played. The sound and music here are very similar to 461 Ocean Boulevard, so if you’re a fan of that title, you’ll find much to like here.  (more…)

Cream – Fresh Cream

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After playing this copy and the other ones that came close, this music sounds so much better than I ever thought it could, it’s given me a whole new appreciation for the album. I’ve grown to love it, and consider it one of the all time greats. It’s probably my favorite Cream record now. That’s what a good copy can do.

We recently finished a shootout for this band’s hard-rockin’ debut album and were once again delighted to hear how good this music can sound when you get a great pressing like this. The band is really rockin’, but you need the kind of open top end and tight, weighty lows this copy has to really make it work! (more…)