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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.
Lou returns to his uptempo dance roots with this album – a mix of funky soul and uptempo tracks that differs from his mellower album on Epic from 1974. The material is still pretty great, though, and even on the more throwaway cuts, Lou's soulful vocals ring out loud and clear, keeping ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s – but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record's a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks – and it features the storming break track "It's Just Begun", the ... LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure bit of clubby work from the end of the 70s – at first glance, kind of an uptight disco session, but as things go on, a record with some really nice moments! The vocals are actually pretty good, and pretty soulful overall – with leads by Vivian Cherry, Gwen Guthrie, Janet ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of their nice albums for RCA, with a sound that's a mix of ballads and up-tempo cuts, in the same style as a lot of other East Coast groups from the time. Van McCoy arranged and produced, and the LP includes their single "Hey, What's That Dance You're Doing", plus "Two Different ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little debut album from the team of Len Ron Hanks and Zane Grey – songwriters who'd scored earlier in the 70s with tracks for Jerry Butler and LTD, but who also strike up a pretty strong groove on their own! The pair are from Chicago, but are recording in LA – and their sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
"The Blue Beat Is Here" – as the cover boldly proclaims – and so is Prince Buster, who's grooving along in an excellent rocksteady mode, laying down his incredible track "Ten Commandments"! The track's one of the most bizarre soul tracks ever – as Buster gives ... LP, Vinyl record album
The second album by this lost East Coast funk act – and although not as totally excellent as their first, still a very nice record that's filled with choppy up-tempo grooves, and some nice dancefloor soul. There's plenty of funky keyboards in the mix – moog, clavinet, and Arp – ... LP, Vinyl record album
The first album by The Sylvers – a hard soulful band made up of youngsters from LA, but who had a lot more going on than some of the other kiddie-soul bands of the early 70s! The group's a sextet at this point, with four male voices and two female ones – coming across as a sweet blend ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stormin uptempo soul from one of the early heroes of the northern scene! "Barefootin" may have been Robert Parker's only hit, but it's a very groovy soul dancer with a catchy hook that just won't quit! The rest of the album's pretty darn great, too – with bouncy New Orleans soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Killer work from one of the best 60s soul talents of the Windy City! Major Lance was one of Chicago's first big soul stars – crossing over big on the charts with huge hits for the Okeh label during the early and mid 60s – thanks to some great tunes penned by Curtis Mayfield, and ... LP, Vinyl record album