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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.
OK, a few of the tracks go for the crossover market, but on these two pieces of vinyl, there's at least one solid LP of Diamond D material. Standout cuts include "5 Fingas of Death" with DITC (Fat Joe, Big L, Lord Finesse), "This One" with Busta Rhymes, "No Wondah (The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Too Short's follow up to Born To Mack, with the same raw, stripped down Bay Area vibe. It's too bad that gangsta, pimp and street rhymes have gone on to become such a cliche, but when we hear these early classics, we're reminded of how fresh this stuff was at the time. Still sounds great today, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A QB landmark. Kool G Rap's finest from the Cold Chillin glory days, with production by Marley Marl at the peak of his early career. With the hits "It's A Demo", "Truly Yours", "Poison", and "Rhymes I Express". Also includes Road To The Riches", " ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alright, here's a VERY solid full length from the magnificent beat-butchering Philly Mountain Brother DJ Chops – maybe the best producer-to-headliner LP we'll hear all year! (OK, so Kanye's is just as good, but lets face it, K doesn't really need our little plug now does he?) Consistency is ... LP, Vinyl record album
The west coast producer behind Snoop, Cube and Too Short steps out on hisown and gets help from Roger Troutman, Charlie Wilson, Mista Grimm, Kam, Threat and others. 15 tracks in all, including "Bump Yo Speakers", "No Idea", "Whoop! Whoop!", "Get Money", ... LP, Vinyl record album
A Stones Throw sci-fi masterpiece – one that was destined for greatness from conception, but we're still pretty well blown away by the final product! MC Doom and beatmaster Madlib couldn't be better suited for a collaboration. As much as we've dug the best of Doom's material of the last ... LP, Vinyl record album
From the dawn of the crunk era, with the tracks "Ya'll N!ggas Don't Want None", "Brave Shirts", & "Bigga N!gga Anthem" by LGs, "Hit A Muthaf$cka" by Three Six Mafia, "Get That B!tch" by Da Organization, "They Don't Dance No Mo" by ... LP, Vinyl record album