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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 dozen hot shots to rock the spot: Beenie Man 'Row Like A Boat", Sean Paul "Ever Blazing", Elephant Man "F*ck U Sign", Ward 21 "Rhyme", Bounty Killer & Angel Doolas "Pum Pum", Mad Cobra "Lazy Gal", Vybz Cartel "Sweet To the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic moment from Frederick "Toots" Hibbert – a set that's maybe his equivalent to some of the key Island Records albums of the 70s from Bob Marley & The Wailers! Like those, the production here is top-shelf – handled partly by Joe Boyd, who brings a very respectful ... LP, Vinyl record album
A breakthrough album from Bob Marley – a set that was recorded equally in Kingston and London, and which has a globe-spanning vibe to match! Marley's star had already been rising by the time of this set – but this album helped cement both his lasting power, and the worldwide influence ... LP, Vinyl record album
After leaving Island and moving onto Columbia, Third World got a bit more slick, and continued to work a reggae/pop/soul groove. This record's not a bad one, in fact, it's a pretty respectable crossover effort. Stevie Wonder collaborated with the group on the 2 best tracks, "Try Jah ... LP, Vinyl record album
The legendary solo debut of Bunny Wailer – a set that maybe marks him as the most righteous member of The Wailers! The style here is heavy on the roots tip, but there's also a special sort of vibe going on too – these warm currents that are laced with occasional touches of jazz, amidst ... LP, Vinyl record album
While Dobby Dobson is most well known as one of the top singers from Treasure Isle, he did attempt comebacks from time to time, including this self produced LP of Lover's grooves. Mellow and soulful, with a sweet approach that reminds us a bit of Jamaican Smokey Robinson. 9 tracks, including ... LP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection from UA's Anthology Of Reggae Collector Series, of some of Delroy Wilson's best early work under Coxsonne Dodd for Studio One. A dozen great numbers for the prodigal star, including "Trying To Conquer Me", "Riding For A Fall", "Run Run Free", "Fe ... LP, Vinyl record album
Later, slightly electrified roots from Pablo and crew, with Pablo putting down his signature melodica in favor of Casio and Yamaha keyboards on some tracks, with a little digital era bounce creeping in pretty much throughout. Phillip Smart helps on the mix, and Clive Brown and Squidley provide ... LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked Hammond slammer from Charles Earland – cut at a time when he was working on more electric keyboards for other labels. The set's a killer all the way through – very much in the best early 70s Prestige Records mode – with long tracks that really jam, and a lineup that ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album – not only for Bob James, but for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album