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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.
An incredible record of over the top arrangements – all produced with the kind of all-around sound that made Esquivel's best records so great! Juan Garcia's really got his trademark sound in place by the time of this set – and the album's got plenty of "wah wah" and "doo ... LP, Vinyl record album
While not exactly "subliminal", this one's a nice set of moody instrumental tracks, played by Leo Diamond in the same spooky harmonica style that he used for his Skin Diver Suite. Unlike other harmonicists, like The Harmonicats, Diamond doesn't use the instrument for a lot of goofy ... LP, Vinyl record album
A knockoff version of the Star Wars soundtrack, but one that's also played by the London Philharmonic, and with a very competent orchestral sound. Side one has some of the biggest themes from Star Wars, and side two's got other "Stereo Space Odyssey" tracks, including the "Theme ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard to figure out what's going on here. With the "Girls From Ipanema" vocal group added, you'd expect it to be a sort of Quarteto Em Cy kind of record – but the group's more of a regular female 60s pop one, with none of the Braziliany touches you'd expect. Instead, the overall ... LP, Vinyl record album
The title's no lie, as the album's a lot jazzier than some of Arthur Lyman's other records – a bit more upbeat, and almost like some vibes-led combo from the LA scene of the 50s! Pianist Alan Soares has a strong role in the set – providing a bit more bite than usual for an Arthur Lyman ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet mid 70s work from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – still at the height of their powers on Coney Island – rolling effortlessly between upbeat, jazzy numbers and more laidback and melodic ones! This one has a pretty big sound overall, all produced and arranged by Herb, who is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Debut has Henry Mancini making his debut as a conductor of the Philadelphia Pops – a larger orchestra than you'll usually hear on most Manini albums, which allows Hank to really open up in some more sophisticated modes! The songs are mostly more serious Mancini compositions – with ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark ... LP, Vinyl record album