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Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play,
but might detract from the looks.
May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be
intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under
the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record.
(Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
Possible minor surface noise when played.
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if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
A well-remembered take on the Christmas Carol story – one set to groovy music from Leslie Bricusse, conducted by Ian Fraser – and featuring a surprising vocal turn in the lead from Albert Finney! LP, Vinyl record album
One of Brother James' rare Christmas albums, which are always a treat because they include loads of original material that showcase both sides of the James Brown sound. There are some deep soulful ballads in which James gets all sentimental about Christmas, and there are some nice funky groovers, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cool countrypolitan Christmas songs from Eddy Arnold – his classic early 60s Christmas With Eddy Arnold album for RCA. It's wonderful, charismatic stuff with some of the best versions of the popular Christmas songs of the day, plus a couple of gems written or co-written by Eddy. Titles ... LP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly wonderful little EP – one that features bluesy soulman Marvin serving up 4 great original Holiday tunes, plus a spoken "Christmas Greeting" at the beginning of the record! The record comes off wonderfully – with none of the cliches that can sometimes creep into ... LP, Vinyl record album
The twin piano magic of Ferrante & Teicher really makes the Holidays come alive – working here with full orchestrations that are heavy on strings, but leave plenty of room for the boys' pianos to ring out strongly! Side one is a bit more lush, side two a bit more playful – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Phil Spector's classic Christmas album – a swirling delight of 60s pop and soul numbers, still one of the greatest full Christmas LPs ever recorded! Geniunely cheerful and positively soaring, and really, what more can we say about the Wall Of Sound? Masterful recordings from one of those ... LP, Vinyl record album
Twas The Night Before Christmas is still very much in the choral mode that Waring made famous with his Pennsylvanians group the decade before – but the approach is maybe a bit more fluid throughout, as the tunes shift up both song styles and singers – sometimes featuring breakoff combos ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic follow up to the first, better-known Christmas album from guitar genius John Fahey – and a set that's maybe even more mindblowing overall! Side one features Fahey's shorter interpretations of Christmas themes – done on acoustic guitar, with his amazing sense of phrasing and ... LP, Vinyl record album
The second volume of this series was even better than the first, and contains more hard funky stuff, like "Jungle Fever" by Chakachas, "Doin' It to Death" by the JB's, "Theme from Cleopatra Jones" by Joe Simon, "Fencewalk" by Mandrill, and 16 other funky cuts ... LP, Vinyl record album