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Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
One of our favorite albums ever from Pete El Conde Rodriguez – a bold little session that seems to have a bit more jazz in the mix than some of his other records! There's a soaring sound here that starts from the very first note – a somewhat joyous groove that steps out with tight ... LP, Vinyl record album
A monumental album – for a monumental movie! The film Our Latin Thing was a key part in breaking the New York scene to the rest of the world – a 1972 movie that combined documentary and musical footage, showing the rich culture of Spanish Harlem at a time when it was bubbling over with ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real gem recorded at the height of the Latin Disco years – a trio of female singers, set up in a style that's similar to the First Choice/Three Degrees Philly style of club work, but produced by Larry Harlow with loads of great New York Latin touches! There's actually a bit more salsa in ... LP, Vinyl record album
A 1990 session from Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez – one of the strongest vocalists in the New York Latin scene over the past 30 years, still sounding great with a fresh batch of modern salsa arrangements. Titles include "Rie", "Que Te Pedi", "Reliquias", ... LP, Vinyl record album
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Despite the salsa in the title, this one actually borrows a lot from more traditional sounds – and includes tipica style violin (by Eddie Drennon) and flute, next to lead vocals by Alberto Gonzales and Marco Motroni. Includes a few nice groovers, though – like the breezy "Mia ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez was always one of the richest voices to sing on the New York Latin scene in the 70s – a talent with this way of going deep, and really stretching out his notes – but at a level that was quite different than so many other singers of his generation! ... LP, Vinyl record album
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup ... LP, Vinyl record album
A seminal moment in the career of Mongo Santamaria – and probably the first record to show that he was destined for greatness! As you might guess from the title, the set features Mongo's key recording of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" – served up here in a sharp-edged ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Mongo's best Columbia LPs, and a totally hard hitting live set recorded with a very strong Latin jazz feel! The group's got some of Mongo's best players ever – like Hubert Laws and Bobby Porcelli – and the album's got lots of hard horn solos, and a good good groove throughout. ... LP, Vinyl record album