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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, 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.
One of the few sessions ever recorded by tenor player Walter Benton – a great talent with a very strong voice, coming out of a gutsier 50s era, and growing into a capable hardbop player by the time of this set. The album's got Benton playing in a quintet that features Freddie Hubbard on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chuck Mangione – but a hip Mangione! This is an early session by Chuck – cut when he was a young hopeful from nowhere on the trumpet, featuring him and tenor player Joe Romano with a soulful rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. With players like those, it's hard ... LP, Vinyl record album
First volume of sessions originally recorded for radio on acetates, then transferred to tape in 1961 and released as 2 albums on the Jazzland label in the early 60s. The sides are noteworthy in that they offer some important early performances by Navarro – working with the Tadd Dameron band ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of jazz's most sensitive artists get together in a lyrical set of light-handed ditties. Shearing's piano is a surprisingly nice complement to the vibes/bass/guitar sound of The Montgomery Brothers – and the group is augmented by some nice Latin percussion. Tracks are short, and titles ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic tenors head-to-head – as Griff & Lock lay out one of their excellent 2 tenor classics from the early 60s! The rhythm section's deeply soulful – with Junior Mance on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – and the album grooves through some long blowers, a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Harry Arnold with Nat Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, L
Swedish recording featuring an all-star band of American players like Nat Adderley, Lucky Thompson, Coleman Hawkins, and the great Benny Bailey – all playing as soloists with the orchestra of Swedish bandleader Harry Arnold. Benny Bailey is especially sweet here, and his solos on "Image& ... LP, Vinyl record album
An interesting little LP that compiles alternate takes from Monk's classic album for Riverside – Monk's Music – the session that featured the unique twin tenor lineup of John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. The album features 4 different alternates of tunes from that set – "Nut ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Hap ... LP, Vinyl record album
A unique album from Woody Herman – a one-off recording for the Jazzland label, and one that has him working with both a full group (his Fourth Herd), and with a smaller combo of players! The album's noteworthy for the presence of some great solo stars – Zoot Sims on tenor, Nat Adderley ... LP, Vinyl record album
They sure got the title right on this one, as Sal's playing tenor in a quintet that features all heavyweights, and soul jazz heavyweights too, we might add! The combo features Nat Adderley, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, and Walter Perkins – all of whom make Sal cook a lot more than usual, and who ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the rare recordings of avant garde jazz on Savoy, and an album produced by Bill Dixon to feature the work of his protege Marc Levin, who plays flute and brass instruments here. Deep lineup, with Calo Scott on cello, Jonas Gwanga on trombone, Cecil McBee on bass, and Frank Clayton on drums. ... LP, Vinyl record album