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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.
The massive third album from Run DMC – made at the top of their game – an pivotal effort that brought them to peak popularity and helped break hip hop in a huge way in the pop culture landscape! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Production by DJ Quik. 14 tracks, counting the intro, including "More Than A Player", "Be True To Yourself", "If You Want It", "Mystic", "Let The Rhythm Take You", "Comin' Like This", "Underground Terror", "Life Of A ... LP, Vinyl record album
A collection on Jive of 80s rap tracks, in a similar vein to their East vs West coast comp, but with one side male groups and rappers rapping about women, and the other women rapping (mostly) about men: 2 Live Crew "We Want Some P___y (clean version)", Schoolly D "Gucci Time", ... LP, Vinyl record album
12 tracks in all: Grandmaster & Melle Mel "White Lines", Treacherous Three "Yes We Can-Can", West Street Mob "Break Dancin' – Electric Boogie", Melle Mel & Duke Bootee "Message II", Sugarhill Gang "Kick It Live From 9 to 5", Jocko ... LP, Vinyl record album
Biggie's masterpiece – remastered! There's very little we could possibly say about this east coast landmark that isn't already etched in stone in the annals of hip hop history. Biggie's a master storyteller, whether he's spinning tales of violent street nihilism, his skills beneath the ... LP, Vinyl record album
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance ... LP, Vinyl record album
15 tracks including "Stillmatic", "Got Ur Self A...", "2nd Childhood", "One Mic", "You're Da Man", "The Flyest" featuring AZ, "Rule" featuring Amerie, "Ether", "What Goes Around", "Every Ghetto", ... LP, Vinyl record album
A very underrated early 90s left coast effort from this largely slept on one album wonder. Snapping production, clever lyrics, hard as hell to find on vinyl, this album's a hip hop insider's dream! 11 tracks in all, including "White Green", "Fallin", "Def Do Us Part" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Queen Latifah's second album – still very much in the prime of her early hip hop career! Latifah's got some great help here – and is working with beats by the 45 King, Naughty By Nature, K Cut of Main Source, and an incorrectly credited Louie Vega – all of whom bring some sharper ... LP, Vinyl record album
Def Jam must've been as high on Fishscale as the rest of the hip hop heads – as here's an official end of '06 addendum LP to the one of the better LPs from a Wu Tang alum in years! More Fish brings in a few more appearances by Ghost's Theodore Unit roster – with production by J-Live on ... LP, Vinyl record album
The great second Eric B & Rakim album – benchmark hip hop of the first order! Following up Paid In Pull, Follow The Leader completes one of the great one-two punches in hip hop history – bring in a richer, fuller, more skillfully creating sound, without sacrificing the dense, hard ... LP, Vinyl record album