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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.
Ed OG's nice debut, with a slightly jazzy touch on the production and literate, intelligent lyrics. We really couldn't get with "Bug A Boo", but besides that, this first LP's solid from start to finish, from the days when that wasn't so uncommon. Drop the needle on this and head back in ... 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
One of the harder albums to find by them, and a record that still has them maintaining a surprisingly high level of quality, in spite of its later date. Tracks include "Ghetto Is The World", "So Let The Fun Begin", "The Hip Hop Band", and "Speaking Of A Girl ... LP, Vinyl record album
CMW's third LP, with "Hood Took Me Under", "Compton 4 Life", "8 Iz Enough", "Hoodrat", "Niggaz Strugglin", "I Gots Ta Get Over", "Def Wish II" and "Music To Drive By". 19 tracks counting the interludes and shorter bits. LP, Vinyl record album
Early Profile stuff, with the cuts "Yellow Panties", "Freshest Rhymes in the World", "And You Thought That We Were Soft" – plus "Transformation" and "Scratch On Galaxy", produced by Davy D. LP, Vinyl record album
While the other standouts of the class of '95 like Nas, Jay Z and AZ drifted towards the Escobar/Gambino/Cristal style, Mobb Deep avoided that trend in this tight follow-up to their legendary Infamous debut! Their subject matter may not have evolved or expanded too much, but their strong ... LP, Vinyl record album
Produced by Chill Will. With "Ghetto Blasta", "Skulls", "Only The Strong Survive", "Up In The Mountains", "Across The 110", "Ice Man Cometh", "2 Black 2 Strong" with Gamilah Shabazz, 'War On Drugs", "Goin' All Out" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Production by DJ Quik. 14 tracks, counting the intro, including "More Than A Player", "Be True To Yourself", "If You Want It", "Mystic", "Let The Rhythm Take You", "Comin' Like This", "Underground Terror", "Life Of A ... LP, Vinyl record album