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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.
Solid soul from the amazing George Duke – a record with a fair bit more focus than some of his previous efforts for MPS, but still done with a free and righteous vibe overall! The album's one of the last before Duke moved into smoother soul territory for his US albums of the late 70s – ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the first albums cut by the fab Singers Unlimited – and the set that has them backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! The Singers always mixed well with guest jazz talents – and the style of this albums gives their sweet harmonies a nice jazz-based groove and not too much cheese on ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent 2LP set – one that brings together 2 of Art Van Damme's albums for MPS during the 60s! Both of the records are great, and feature an updating of Art's sweet accordion jazz style – one that has him working with vibes, guitar, bass, and drums – in an "old is new ... LP, Vinyl record album
A double-length set – and one that's got plenty of space for wide-ranging power from guitarist Volker Kriegel! The set builds beautifully off the energy that Volker had in the Dave Pike Set – with a similar blend of funk and psychedelic influences, all filtered down beautifully in ... LP, Vinyl record album
The fourth in the MPS reissue series of long unreleased late 60s recordings from the home of producer/engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer finds Oscar Peterson in a glorious solo piano mode! All of the recordings in the series were from very relaxed, loose sessions that were some of Peterson's ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Gulda's more out efforts, and one that features mostly solo work, apart from a few other tracks with additional percussion by Klauss Weiss. The set includes a hilarious "Variations On Light My Fire", which Gulda had recorded earlier in a funkier version – plus other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of Archie Shepp's most freewheeling material of the 60s – a long, extended, single-song album recorded at the Donaueschingen festival a few years before his classic work for BYG/Actuel – and very much in the same bold spirit as his recordings for that label! The single tune – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great lost MPS album from the 70s! This one features keyboard player Joanne Grauer and vocalist Lorraine Feather. The set was recorded in LA in 1977, and has a cool breezy west coast sound, similar to other California jazz vocal recordings from the time – like stuff by Mark Murphy or City ... LP, Vinyl record album
New Jazz Trio (Manfred Schoof/Peter Trunk/Cees See
A wonderful set from this unique group – with work from Manfred Schoof on trumpet and flugelhorn, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums and percussion – plus amazing sounds from an additional string quintet! LP, Vinyl record album
A great little Sonny Stitt album – very different than any of his other sets from the 60s! The album has a number of interesting aspects – from hard-wailing organ by Wilmer Mosby (who we think is Don Patterson under a fake name), to some screaming guest work by Rufus Harley and Robin ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album – not only for Bob James, but for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album