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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.
Classic 80's electro funk, with a couple tracks mixed by Jellybean Benitez. Toss on "Space Cowboy", "We Are the Jonzun Crew" or "Pack Jam" and pull out the linoleum, or if you're a low budget b-boy like some of us were back in the day, the flattened-out refrigerator ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jay-Z brings in a huge ensemble of producers including Kayne West, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, Neptunes, Timbaland, No ID and more. There are also more guests than any other Jay-Z album, including Faith Evans, Notorious BIG, Beyonce Knowles, Big Boi, Rakim, Lenny Kravitz, and more. Tracks include "H ... LP, Vinyl record album
Seminal late 80s righteous hip hop from KRS and Boogie Down Productions! By All Means Necessary shows remarkable change in lyrical style from Criminal Minded, delivering a eavy dose of knowledge at a time when so much hip hop was all about rocking the party. KRS's lyrics here mark a serious turn ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fine effort from Lightheaded – one of those crews that can kind of comeoff as a bit of a throwback, but still keeps things fresh! This makes for 2 strong full length LPs in the stretch of about a year from producer/DJ Ohmega Watts – who's solo-led album Find on Ubiquity Records is ... LP, Vinyl record album
A lost piece of the hip hop history puzzle, sort of a mid-school early 90s release, from back when Def Jam was still taking some risks putting out underground hip hop. Bosco Money rhymes over crisp beats and smooth loops from Sam Sever. A high point in the period we look back on as a sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album
The second Pharcyde LP – and though not as blunted and playful as the first one, it's still nearly as great – with that unrivaled, wholly original, easy west coast vibe! The production is more steady-handed this time around, which alienated fans of Bizarre Ride early on, but it also ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alright, here's a VERY solid full length from the magnificent beat-butchering Philly Mountain Brother DJ Chops – maybe the best producer-to-headliner LP we'll hear all year! (OK, so Kanye's is just as good, but lets face it, K doesn't really need our little plug now does he?) Consistency is ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little record – all drumbreaks all the way through! The record is a set of drum-only tracks performed by David Crigger, with the intention of making spare, straight drum tracks available for those that need them. Unlike other records of the type, these tracks are acoustic drums ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pete Rock returns with an all star line up and his signature soulful beats. Appearances by Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Meth, OC, Raekwon, Ghostface, Prodigy, Large Professor, Kool G Rap, Black Thought, CL Smooth, Common, Big Pun . . . Includes "Tru Master", "Half Man Half Amazin", ... LP, Vinyl record album
The west coast producer behind Snoop, Cube and Too Short steps out on hisown and gets help from Roger Troutman, Charlie Wilson, Mista Grimm, Kam, Threat and others. 15 tracks in all, including "Bump Yo Speakers", "No Idea", "Whoop! Whoop!", "Get Money", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jux strikes again! With El-P producing a large chunk of the tracks, the overall vibe of the album sounds very electronic and sweepingly futuristic. Tracks include "Dead Pan" by Aesop Rock, the headbangin "Hold The Floor" by Camu Tao, "Mic Molest" by Atoms Family ... LP, Vinyl record album