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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.
Warmly gliding soul from Gloria Gaynor – a great little set that has none of the cliches that sometimes mar our memory of Gloria's work, awash in tight arrangements that mix equal part disco and mainstream soul! Much of the record is upbeat, but never over the top – and even the longer ... LP, Vinyl record album
James Brown really opens up on this early 70s classic – really showing the world the amazing groove he was crafting with his band – who were let loose to jam in the studio, spinning out some really long grooves – which were then cut down to make this sweet little record! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Damn, is this a great record! The album's not only one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks ever recorded, it's also one of James Brown's funkiest outings of the early 70s! Nearly every cut's a winner, and James gets some very funky help from The JBs, who groove hard on the best instrumental ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest club projects of the 70s – a set of tracks based around the keyboards of Don Ray, but handled with lots of electronic disco touches from Cerrone! The pair are great arrangers on their own, but together they really make some magic – kind of a leaner take on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from the great Ellen McIllwaine! Ellen's certainly not a soul artist – but she's got a particularly soulful approach to folk rock – one that's made her a favorite of groovers worldwide in the past few decades, thanks to a big push from Gilles Peterson, and the club scene ... LP, Vinyl record album
An 80s collection of some of James' best King funk singles from the late 60's – with a monster set list that includes "I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me", "Don't Be A Drop Out", "Let Yourself Go", "Bring It Up", "Lickin Stick", "Give ... LP, Vinyl record album
Although Ivory Joe Hunter always recorded a lot of country songs in his career (hence the title), his sound on those recordings was always similar to the Ray Charles, Brook Benton, Solomon Burke country soul sound – and not really straight country, which is what this album is. Still, Joe ... LP, Vinyl record album
A killer batch of funky organ tracks by the obscure west coast player George Semper! George knocked around the soul scene of the late 60s and early 70s – handling work on a number of great funky 45s – but this is the only album we've ever seen that features him as a leader, and it's a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Weird bit of funkiness from Virgin, with the sort of funk/jazz/rock crossover sound on a few of their other records from this period. There's lots of nice moogy bits and cool electric piano stuff. Vocals sometimes mess this up, but there's enough instrumental moments to keep it groovin'. With ... LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure soundtrack for a late blacksploitation film starring Ron O'Neal. The score isn't as great as some of the classics – but it does feature some nice moments by some of Capitol's bigger stars at the time. Clayton Ivey and Larry Mizell produced most of the cuts, and tracks include ... LP, Vinyl record album