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We realize that there are many different interpretations of the standard grades used
for pre-owned vinyl record albums & CD, so we thought we'd offer you the ones that we are working with,
so you have an idea what we mean when we give the grade for a non-new item on our pages.
Used Vinyl Grades
Below are stated conditions for a used vinyl records at Dusty Groove. Grading for
the cover should be assumed to be near (within a "+" or "-")
the grading for the vinyl.
If there is significant divergence from the condition of the vinyl, or specific flaws,
these will be noted in the comments section of the item. However, please be aware that
since the emphasis of this site is towards the music listener, our main concern is with
the vinyl of any used item we sell. Additionally, please note that all of our records
are graded visually; considering the volume of used vinyl we handle, it is impossible
for us to listen to each record. If we spot any significant flaws, we make every attempt
to listen through them and note how they play.
The following grading conditions apply to the vinyl component of an album or single:
Additional Marks & Notes
If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially
if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip,
cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
Baaad bluesy work from Little Milton – one of his killers for Stax, and a record that's equally heavy on the soul tip too! There's a strong Memphis vibe going on here – thanks to arrangements from James Mitchell, and backings from the Memphis Horns – who really do a good job of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Raw bluesy stuff by Big Mama, recorded in San Francisco, and with a small band that includes James Cotton, Otis Spann, and Muddy Waters. Titles include "Black Rat", "Gimme A Penny", "Looking The World Over", and "Everything Gonna Be Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
A retro rootsy session from one of the unsung founders of rock n roll – a set of gospel tunes recorded for the Warner Pentragram subsidiary in the early 70s, done in a style that's in keeping with the "let's sell rootsy black music to the white liberal audience" that Warner was ... LP, Vinyl record album
Little Milton's always been as much of a soul singer as a bluesman – and this overlooked gem from the 70s has him hitting equally well on both fronts! The set's a great precursor to Milton's 80s revival on Malaco – but has the singer working in Chicago, with these deep soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Get your hoodoo happening with these nice raw, spare recordings of John Lee Hooker. Issued as 45s on Deluxe and with some LP cuts from his Atco album, this set includes 16 tracks in all, including "Stuttering Blues", "Pouring Down Rain", "You Lost A Good Man", "Mi ... LP, Vinyl record album
A strangely rootsy set from Buddy and Junior Wells, with the surprise addition of Junior Mance on piano – all recorded with a "live in studio" feel that's even sparer than some of the pair's other studio work! The tracks are done in very much the down-home electric mode that was ... LP, Vinyl record album
A loose, laidback set that really lives up to the Swamp Jam title – with separate performances by Booker White, Piano Red, Nathan Beauregard, Sleepy John Estes, Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods, Napoleon Strickland, Furry Lewis, and RL Watson & Josiah Jones – each of whom get a few ... LP, Vinyl record album
Earlier recordings by Jimmy Reed, most likely done at the end of the 60s – but issued here for the first time in this 1973 package by Bluesway. Jimmy's working here in a mode that's almost rootsier than his more famous work for Vee Jay – singing with a really rough edge, and playing ... LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty rootsy album of blues – from New Orleans, of course! Joe plays piano and sings – and backing is by guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Juice On The Loose", "Beggin Woman", "Chicken La La Blues", "Barefoot Boy", and "Life's A ... LP, Vinyl record album