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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.
Driving club tracks with a New York downtown feel – almost in the post-disco mode of the early 80s Danceteria scene, with bass and drums all messed up underneath, searching for a new kind of groove. August Darnell arranged the rhythm tracks – which is probably part of the reason for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Certainly one of the better Zulema albums for RCA, probably because of the arrangements by Leon Pendarvis, who gives the record a bit larger feel than usual. Tracks include "New Day Is Coming", "Hungry For Your Love", "It Takes Time", "All I Need Is You", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groovy crossover soul from The Hues Corporation – music that's perfectly tuned to come right out of the small speakers on an AM radio, yet still retain all the depth of the arrangements! The trio are hitting their best pre-disco stride here – as the album brings back the tune "Rock ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 70s soul from Zulema – a mixture of sweet ballads and more full-on soul numbers that have an uptempo pop groove. Carl L Maults-By arranged and produced the album – and tracks include "What Kind Of Person Are You", "Coins In A Bottle", "You're So ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Pointer Sisters in their slick, sultry pop soul mode of the mid 80s – at this point doing the synthesizer soul sound as well as ever – with big hooks and more subtle stylistic flourishes in the production! The Pointers were on one heck of a commercial win streak at this point, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard to find album of funky soul by T. Life, released by RCA in the late 70's, before T went on to do more club-oriented singles for other labels. The sound is pretty smooth, and Instant Funk backs the group up on a number of tracks – giving the record a smooth late Philly sound, not really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic crossover soul from Five Star – one of the best of their generation for this sort of groove – and a UK group who also pick up plenty of tips from the best American acts of the time! This mid 80s set was partly produced in LA by Dennis Lambert, and partly produced back home by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of Jesse's smooth RCA vocal tracks, recorded in Hollywood with orchestrations by Shorty Rogers, Dennis Farnon, and Ray Martin. Nice mix of standards and pop stuff, like "Witchcraft", "Guess Who", "Alright, Okay, You Win", and "Funny". Sure, it's not ... LP, Vinyl record album
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in ... LP, Vinyl record album