This image is a general representation of the album cover, but the actual product may differ slightly in terms of color shading, logo placement, borders, or other small details. If the item offered is a used, second-hand item, please note that there may be some cosmetic differences as well.
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.
One of the younger Harlow brothers in an album that showcases his tenor and flute playing, and which has him playing vibes on a few tracks. Larry Harlow guests on a few tracks, playing moog and percussion, and the group includes Victor Paz, Justo Almario, and Jorge Dalto. With the cuts "Montu ... LP, Vinyl record album
Killer 70's material from Mongo, featuring a funky Latin groove tinged with some excellent electric playing on bass and Fender Rhodes. The record includes some of Mongo's best cuts from the time – like "Jelly Belly", "The Good Doctor", and the incredible "Happy As A ... LP, Vinyl record album
A set that continues the groove of Mongo Santamaria's other great Vaya work – and goes a bit more towards the R&B fusion mode – taking Mongo's Latin rhythms and infusing them with electric instrumentation to really make them cook! The sound is great, and the album grooves in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
The front image here isn't really one you'd want to put in a book of Latin Record cover art – but the record's another strong one from the time from Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz – a continuation of their blend of salsa rhythms and spiritual themes – quite unique for any artists of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great record of mambo tracks from Prado and his orchestra! Tracks include "The Whistling Mambo", "Pachito E-Che", "Cuban Mambo", "Perdido", "Pianola", and "Mambo Jambo". Some of the songs have vocals and each have really nice moments! LP, Vinyl record album
Noro Morales turns his rich talents to a set of merengue tracks – but the style's a lot different than you'd expect from the later sound of the genre! Instead, these cuts have a sly sinister sound, with kind of a snakey approach that adds a nice element to the music, and which keeps things ... LP, Vinyl record album
Another departure for Pacheco – as he kicks off the 70s with a set of funky instrumental tunes! The tracks on this set are quite different from either his earlier charanga records, or his later salsa ones – and sparkle with the kind of "soul meets Latin instrumental" style of ... LP, Vinyl record album
The groovy piano and harpsichord of Johnny Pearson leads this Brit ensemble with tight drumming by Kenny Clare. The title cut was a single on here, but there's a lot of other more obscure cuts on the LP, with a bit of a groovy Brit Sound Gallery feel to them. 12 numbers in all, including "Sca ... LP, Vinyl record album
Forget Dionne Warwick, and think Burt Bacharach – because on this sublime little set, The Dells are singing some of Burt's greatest tunes ever – all set to impeccable arrangements by the legendary Charles Stepney! The album's more wonderful than you might even expect – a true ... LP, Vinyl record album