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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.
One of George Shearing's wonderful Latin LPs for Capitol – a wonderful record filled with complicated changes that go way beyond the usual mambo and cha cha grooves – and a mix of vibes, piano, and percussion that went onto inspire countless other groups at the time! The tracks have a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful exotic work from George Shearing – a mixture of jazz piano, Latin percussion, and lyrical guitar and vibes – all intertwined beautifully in that unique groove that really set new standards at the time! The album's got plenty of jazz, but also a nice exotic twist too – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grooooovy work by this obscure Canadian guitarist – recording here with a heavy small combo sound that must have been Capitol Canada's answer to the Howard Roberts records cut by their US counterpart! The group's got another guitar for rhythm, plus organ, trombone, percussion, and acoustic ... LP, Vinyl record album
The second pressing of Walk Tall/74 Miles Away – a classic album recorded during the time when Capitol was making a mint off of Cannonball's funky soul jazz riffing – and one of the early efforts he did with David Axelrod at the helm! Once again, keyboardist Joe Zawinul's penned the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent funky jazz from Jeremy Steig – the funkiest flute player we can think of! The record takes up where Jeremy's LPs on Solid State left off – adding Steig's hard-blowing flute to some groundbreaking beat-heavy backings by Gene Perla and Eddie Gomez on bass, Don Alias on drums, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Smooth fusion from one of the greats – and although an 80s set, a record that still holds onto most of the best warmth of Earl Klugh's earlier years! The production is surprisingly laidback at points – never too many 80s gimmicks or easy attempts at a hit – and Earl plays with ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the best of Roy's funky piano albums from the late 60s – and a good example of how strongly Capitol could craft these sorts of pop jazz soul albums (especially when you compare the record to some of Roy's on Columbia). The best tracks on the record are the straight soul ones – ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent Hank Mobley session – with an unusual twist that takes it past his earlier work! The lineup's great all the way through – with Woody Shaw on trumpet, George Benson on guitar, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the addition of Benson's guitar gives the tracks a groovily ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for ... LP, Vinyl record album