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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.
An important early record from Yello – only a 4 track ep, but one that had a huge influence on modern dance! 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 ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
A killer cut! The Clark Sisters were mostly a gospel-oriented group, but they cut this amazing groover during the early 80s, and it's got a semi-secular sound that launched them into the mainstream soul world for a while. The cut's got a great stepping groove, a very catchy hook in the chorus, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Funky breaking madness! Nice 12" single of Herbie's big hit cut with Bill Laswell – which sounds surprisingly better today than it did back in 1983. Lots of nice early electro keyboards – and some nice scratching from Grandmaster D St! 12-inch, Vinyl record
2 excellent bicentennial grooves from Salsoul, both pumped up nicely in the mix by Tom Moulton. Double Exposure's "My Love Is Free" combines equal parts harmony soul with an uplifting mid 70s Philly club vibe, while Salsoul's "It Don't Have To Be Funky To Be A Groove" is a ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
A great little club track from Vaughan Mason – cut years after his rollerskating hit, but with a similar sense of space and time! The track's clearly picking up on a house groove, but has a nice spare approach, with beats that never go too over the top – and more of a focus on a ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
One of Leon's nicer later numbers – a bumping little roller skate groove with some tasty bass at the bottom! The tune snaps along in really catchy way – sliding with Leon's smooth vocals nicely nestled in the mix! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Herbie at his most R&B oriented for the 70s – but also pretty darn great as well! "You Bet Your Love" is a really groovy little number – one that begins here with a long-rolling intro that's got a great rollerskating feel – and which opens into a beautifully spacey ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
A warm groove and a bit of boogie on the bottom – one of the more memorable tracks from Frank Hooker and his Positive People! "This Feelin" is remixed here – a bit more upbeat than the original. 12-inch, Vinyl record