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Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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The Staple Singers are cooking on all burners at this point – and it's hard to stop them with that much power – a soaring, searing sort of energy that definitely earns them a place in the sky! The set's a totally strong batch of gospelly soul tracks – produced by Al Bell with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Carla Thomas' second album for Stax – one of the classiest Memphis albums of the 60s, in a way that already had the young singer setting a new standard for the city's scene! While the early sound of Stax might normally be associated with gritty grooves, bumping and grinding out of the city's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky with this one – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime early Stax work from Sam & Dave – the kind of record that forever changed the way the male voice was used in group soul music! The rhythms on the tunes are totally raw – bass, drums, and guitar that are kind of fused into a dirty funky bottom that proves a perfect foil for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Memphis organ grooves from Booker T and the mighty MGs! Includes plenty of nice early tracks – like the funky sample classic "Hip Hug Her", and "Soul Limbo", "Time Is Tight", "Heads Or Tails", and "Hang Em High". LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet, smooth, and bluesy – perhaps not as hard as some of Johnnie's earlier Stax work, but with an increasing sophistication that really shows his development as a soul singer. The record's a good bridge into Johnnie's modern soul work at Columbia – and it's got arrangements by Wade ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little collection of Johnny's early work for Stax – "rare stamps" perhaps, but classic bluesy soul numbers all of them! Titles include "Who's Makin' Love", "Somebody's Sleeping In My Bed", "Toe Hold", "I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby" ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark double-live album that was easily one of the most important soul record moments of the 70s! The concert was an all-star event held in LA to celebrate the anniversary of the Watts riots – but it features a killer lineup of talent from the roster of Stax Records – by then a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Like so many other soul stars of the midwestern scene of the 60s – especially those from Memphis and Detroit – Eddie's starting to look westward here, on an album that features a leadoff song, title, and cover image about his "California Girl", a groupie-got-lucky that Eddie ... LP, Vinyl record album
Smoother Johnnie Taylor than in earlier years – gearing up for the shift to Columbia a few years later, with backings recorded in both Detroit and Muscle Shoals. Johnnie's vocals are still fantastic – and the album sports the great hit "Cheaper To Keep Her" – but that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Marlena Shaw's first-ever album – and while not as all-out righteous as some of her later work, still a really unique record that quickly put Marlena head and shoulders above the rest of the pack! The record's a mix of jazzy vocal numbers and heavier soul tunes – arranged by Richard ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great moment in the career of the mighty Leon Ware – a set recorded after his famous 70s work for Motown, and before his return to fame at Elektra – but still with a super-tight quality that shows that Leon was always great, no matter what the setting! Leon's warm, mellow, and ... LP, Vinyl record album