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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 excellent album of vocals by the great Joe Williams! Joe's always been a fine singer, but with Basie, he really gets the backing he needs to do his work the best. And although this album isn't as authenico as it might be, it still comes from a time when Verve really knew how to handle singers ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mel Torme's one of the few guys who can make a Broadway album really swing – taking the set past simple homage to big shows of the 20th Century, and into fresh new jazz vocal territory! Here, he's working with Margaret Whiting – who proves to be a great partner for such a set – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual concert from Billie Holiday – one that features narration by Gilbert Millstein, telling the story of Billie's life! The format is quite unusual – almost a live documentary, with the subject of the documentary there in person herself! Millstein narrates from the start, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A rare gem from Mel Torme – one of his greatest albums of the 50s! The album's got a very unusual approach – for Mel, that is – in that it sets his vocals up in Latinized arrangements, handled with a brassy finish by the great Billy May. The set's got a heck of a lot more punch ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the trippiest albums ever recorded by creative wordsmith Shel Silverstein – an amazing talent who's known for his famous work with Playboy, his poetry for kids, and even his contributions to country music! This set's got a wild style that definitely lives up to the Freakers Ball ... LP, Vinyl record album
Very hip vocal work from singer Janet Lawson – an under-discovered vocalist with a very groovy sound! Janet's got a soaring, breezy feel that's a bit like some of the best Bay Area or European work from a few years before – inflected with some Brazilian influences, but also delivered ... LP, Vinyl record album