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

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…)

Eric Clapton – Just One Night

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Just One Night

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  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site: Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on ALL FOUR sides – exceptionally quiet vinyl too! 
  • This one is doing everything right– it’s bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than anything else we played
  • Sure to be the best live Clapton sound you’ll hear on vinyl — and the music is wonderful as well
  • 4 1/2 stars: “The most notable difference between Just One Night and Clapton’s other live albums is his backing band. Led by guitarist Albert Lee, the group is a collective of accomplished professionals who have managed to keep some grit in their playing. They help push Clapton along, forcing him to spit out crackling solos throughout the album.”

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. (more…)

Blind Faith – Blind Faith – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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This early British pressing SLAUGHTERED all the other pressings we played it against! It’s the Blind Faith you’ve been waiting for: Tubey Magical, Transparent, full of Life and Energy — dear friends, it’s all here! And the vinyl is some of the quietest we’ve ever heard for this album.

Sick of buying one harsh, thin, distorted, murky LP after another in a vain attempt to find a copy that reminds you of why you LOVED this record so much when it came out back in 1969?

(Assuming you’re as old as I am; we had the 8 track tape that could play in the car and the house — music was so convenient back then!)

Well look no further! This is no audiophile made-from-the-master-tape snake oil. This is the real thing. This copy is guaranteed to blow the bad memories of all those bad versions you’ve owned in the past right out of your memory banks. (E.G., MoFi LP and Gold CD, Simply Vinyl LP, the new Heavy Vinyl version if there is one, and anything else that comes out from here until the end of time.) Face it: It’s all JUNK compared to a record like this. (more…)

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton – Good Horns, Probably Good Everything

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

The sound of the horn arrangements backing practically every song on the album are key to the quality of the pressing and mastering. Blurry, smeary, leading-edge-challenged horns are the kiss of death on this album, as are grainy, gritty, transistory ones. When the horns have clarity, correct tonality, plenty of space around them and a solid, full-bodied sound, probably every other instrument in the soundscape will too.

This is not your usual Clapton album, and that’s a good thing, because most Clapton albums are full of filler. Not so here — almost every song is good, and many are superb.

Bill Halverson

BILL HALVERSON was the engineer on this album.

Cream – Goodbye – Some of the Best Live Rock Sound Ever Recorded

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When you get a good side one of Goodbye you’ll hear exactly why we are calling it one of the Best Sounding Live Rock Albums of all time.

Goodbye has the Big Rock Sound that we go crazy for here at Better Records. The top copies just plain ROCK HARDER than all the others. Yes, they’re bigger. Yes, they have more weight and whomp down low. Yes, they are smoother and more natural up top. But what really sets them apart is the tremendous Energy they contain in their grooves. The music EXPLODES out of the speakers and comes to life on the best copies like practically nothing you have ever heard. (more…)

Cream – Disraeli Gears

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This copy’s got the kind of tubey analog sound you need for this music — it’s warm, rich, smooth, and pretty much free of the nasty grain that gets in the way on most pressings. There’s good extension up top, and the bottom end is meaty and well-defined.

The lesson we learned is that when the extremes are properly transferred to the vinyl, the middle will take care of itself.

Since the extremes seem to be the hardest thing to get right, at least on this record, that might explain why so many copies don’t really cut the mustard while this one did.

It ended up having more space, ambience, transparency, resolution, dynamic contrasts, vocal presence and freedom from distortion of any copy we played in our recent shootout. (more…)

John Mayall with Eric Clapton – Blues Breakers

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  • Two outstanding sides for what gets our vote as John Mayall’s best album – with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our shootout winner
  • Richer, smooth and livelier than practically any copy we heard, with Tubey Magic and space you won’t believe
  • The British Decca vinyl on this amazing pressing is about as quiet as we ever expect to find for this album
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: “Bluesbreakers was Eric Clapton’s first fully realized album as a blues guitarist — more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.”

This copy is guaranteed to be DRAMATICALLY superior to most British and all domestic pressings, the MoFi Gold CD and every other version that you’ve ever played. This is it folks! They cut this one right. It sounds the way you always wished it would sound. (more…)