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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 massive dancefloor anthem – and one of the best cuts ever from Leroy Burgess! Leroy cut "I Know You Will" with Greg Carmichael – who seems to give the cut some of the funky electronic undercurrents of his Red Greg work – but it's Leroy who really sends the whole thing ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
A dark classic that broke out of the underground and forever transformed the world of dance music! "Blue Monday" has this infectious bass/keyboard riff that you'll recognize immediately – and which you've heard emulated a million times in electro house tracks from later on in the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
An important early record from Yello! The standout cut here is "Bostich" – a great little track that's spare, electronic, and has snapping beats, catchy vocals, and this dark sound that fit perfectly with the crossover Danceteria scene! Other tracks are equally nice, though – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the rarest records ever cut by the Last Poets – and one that has them standing up to their claim of being the "inventors" of hip hop. The cut begins with lots of electro keyboards, then bounces along in an old school groove straight out of Sugarhill – as Jalal raps ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
One of Kid Creole's greatest – a track that bounces along with a mad bassline, grooving in a campy 20's sort of way, but with this old school beat that really makes the cut kick. "Annie" and "Corrupt" are both great groovers too – more proof that August Darnell's a ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
These sides are from the obscure Chicago group Coffee – a club-oriented female trio, in the same vein as First Choice and other famous Philly groups. The tracks have a disco feel and the songs were produced by Clarence Johnson & Riccardo Williams and arranged by Floyd Morris. 12-inch, Vinyl record
One of our favorite tracks off the classic "Stunts, Blunts, and Hip Hop" LP. Diamond D is one of the rare few that's nice both on the mic and the boards, and this song particularly lives up to that reputation, as he provides social commentary dealing with adolescent girls and their ... 12-inch, Vinyl record