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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.
Perhaps THE greatest Quincy Jones album of the 60s – a hard-swinging batch of big band bossa tunes – and one of the greatest American takes on the bossa sound ever! Quincy really brings a lot of soul to the set – syncopating the bottom end of the tunes to really bring out the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brian Auger's first album away from singer Julie Driscoll – and a landmark batch of funky organ work that made big waves in both the rock and jazz worlds at the time! Auger's really stretching out here – getting past the simple R&B of his roots, and going into a bubbling funky ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great bit of jazzy soul from guitarist David T Walker – one of the first albums he cut under his own name, after dozens of famous sessions for other artists! The orchestrations have a sweet large late 60s LA feel – with David soloing over the top in a tight style that has lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Roswell Rudd leads the Jazz Composers Orchestra, which includes (on this session) Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Enrico Rava, Sheila Jordan, Beaver Harris, and Sirone. Some of the material's a bit loose for our taste, but there's some nice tracks like the excellent "Circulation", which has ... LP, Vinyl record album
2 LP set featuring some of the best work of this funky Australian big band! Tracks culled from most of their 70's albums, including their version of "Shaft" and the hard swingin' "Col's Dilemma". And we should warn you – the inside of the gatefold cover features the ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the 3 albums that organist Sam Lazar made for Argo, and the one that's probably his best! The obscure tenor player Miller Brisker is on the session, and he has a really unique approach to playing, with lots of unique twists, that spurs Lazar onto new heights of playing. Lazar wrote most of ... LP, Vinyl record album
An essential Art Farmer session from the mid 50s – and a magnificent batch of hardbop tracks that we'd rank with some of our favorite work on Blue Note! The group is incredibly strong – with Hank Mobley on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, Addison Farmer on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from legendary vibist Cal Tjader – and one of his truly electric albums! A key factor to the greatness of this one is keyboardist Al Zulaica – who plays some amazing Fender Rhodes on the album, really unlocking a whole new sound of Cal's vibes in the process! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great album from Shirley Scott – with some excellent arrangements by Gary McFarland! We've always felt that Shirley plays best when she's not leading the group – when someone else is handling the arrangements, so that she can groove mightily on her own – and this album is a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real solid groover, and one that we passed up for many years, mistakenly, because the cover looks kind of boring! On the inside, though, the record's filled with lots of nice tasty tracks, and it's got a sinister bubbling under funky feel that's just great. Includes the monster cut "Charlot ... LP, Vinyl record album
An album that certainly lives up to the promise of its title – as it's filled with amazing instrumentation, groundbreaking compositions, and a sound in jazz that few ears could imagine at the time! The groove here is extremely modal – all instruments rolling along on the same rhythmic ... LP, Vinyl record album