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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.
A stunner from Bill Barron! The set's one of the few rare sides that Barron cut as a leader during the early 60s – and it ranks right up there with work by Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott for sheer raw modern power! The group's a quintet – with Barron and Booker Ervin on tenor, Larry ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pat Martino in one of his greatest settings – live, in front of the kind of an audience where he could really open up! The set's a great marker of the growth that Pat experienced as the 70s approached – taking all the lessons he'd learned from his years gigging it up in the soul jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real gem from Woody Shaw's greatest period – a very hip sextet session, recorded with Hayes, Cook, Shaw, and a rhythm section that includes Ronnie Matthews on piano, Stafford James on bass, A real gem from Woody Shaw's greatest period – a very hip sextet session, recorded with Hayes, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Chicago avant garde jazz, recorded at Peace Church New York by Ornette Coleman in 1970, and featuring Leroy Jenkins, Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith, Richard Davis, Steve McCall, and Muhal Richard Abrams. The whole LP's one long track called "No More White Gloves", and the sound is a ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the excellent avant sides for Muse from the early 70's, and a record that features Lester Bowie playing in a number of different settings – all with a sound that's different from his Art Ensemble recordings, and from his work for ECM. One track has him playing a duet with pianist John ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice tight groovin' session recorded for Muse in the mid 70's. The tracks are long, with lots of room to stretch out, and the lineup includes Groove on organ (natch), Idris Muhammad on drums, and Dave Schnitter on tenor. Cuts include the 10 minute long title cut, plus "Stella By ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few later Johnny Lytle LPs to maintain his classic vibes/organ/congas sound of his earlier years – in this case recorded with David Braham on organ and Sammy Figueroa on congas. As the title might imply, the LP features a remake of Lytle's classic "Happy Ground". Other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy organ from Gene Ludwig – in a group with George Green on tenor, Larry McGee on guitar, Kwasi Jayourba on percussion, and Tom Soisson on drums. Titles include "Welcome Back Kotter", "Bossa For La Lorelei", "Nica's Dream", and "I Worry About You". LP, Vinyl record album
Ricky Ford in very tight formation – blowing hard with the kind of tone and timing that first caught our ears back in the 70s, still going strong here as part of a great run of sides for Muse Records in the following decade! The album's got Ford's mighty tenor in a group with James Spaulding ... LP, Vinyl record album