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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.
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some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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A great Japanese collection – with a mix of hits and lesser-known numbers from this great soul duo! Titles include "Don't Pull Your Love", "One Part Love Two Parts Pain", "This Is Your World", "Soul Sister Brown Sugar", "I'm Not An Indian ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some very tasty work from one of the greatest soul duos ever – pre-Stax recordings from the duo of Sam Moore and Dave Prater, pulled together as a full Roulette album to cash in on their later 60s hits for the Memphis soul powerhouse! Despite that earlier status, though, the tracks are all ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime early Stax work from Sam & Dave – the kind of record that forever changed the way the male voice was used in group soul music! The rhythms on the tunes are totally raw – bass, drums, and guitar that are kind of fused into a dirty funky bottom that proves a perfect foil for ... LP, Vinyl record album
A crowning achievement for Rufus Thomas – a set that bubbles over with funky intensity, and one of the last great albums he ever recorded for Stax! The funky Rufus mode is still in full full swing here – with loads of tunes that have the word "funky" in the title – ... LP, Vinyl record album
The title's a bit of a joke, given the cover image – but it's also no lie either, as The Staple Singers are definitely swinging here – taking their gospel roots into a whole new direction in righteous soul, one that countless other acts would copy at the time! The music here is upbeat, ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Beatles had Abbey Road – and Booker T & The MGs had McLemore Ave, the main street running outside the Stax studios, and a fitting title for the album that has them playing tunes from The Beatles' incredible Abbey Road album. If you've ever thought that Abbey Road was a soft-rock ... LP, Vinyl record album
The queen of Memphis soul – caught "alone" after a some earlier hit recordings as part of a duo with Otis Redding – but now on her own in the years after Otis untimely early passing! The album has Thomas strongly returning to the sound of her first few albums on Stax – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rance Allen was one of the greatest singers on Stax who never made it during the 70s – probably because he labored in obscurity on Stax's subsidiary Truth label, a gospel imprint where Allen was unjustly stuck because of his roots in the music. Truth is, his work had as much soul as it did ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most fantastic soundtracks of the 70s – and maybe even of all time – thanks to a non-stop blast of insane styles and grooves – all quite different than other blacksploitation records of the time! For this, his masterpiece film, Melvin Van Peebles composed a non-stop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky soul from Johnnie Taylor – a set that mixes tight core grooving with some larger arrangements from Bert Keyes and Rudy Robinson – a perfect blend that shows why Taylor easily stood out from some of his bluesy contemporaries! It's clear that Johnnie's just the right guy to handle ... LP, Vinyl record album
Although the Mar-Keys' earlier records were much more pop instrumental sounding, this one's a super-heavy batch of funk tracks, with a nice electric sound that shows the new sound of Stax firmly in place. The notes say "Thanks to the Bar Kays," and it's our guess that they're probably ... LP, Vinyl record album