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.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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.
Excellent trippy instrumentals from Chicago! "The Vamp" has some great chromatic guitar – a bit like Cal Green, with touches of Wes Montgomery – over a hard rolling organ on the beat groove. Tasty stuff – the kind of single that would blow the speakers off your jukebox ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Wicked heavy funk – one of those obscure numbers that's always stayed with us! The track's got a jaunty little groove – started off by a stepping, scratching guitar – then rolling into a heavy vamp with a lot of organ on the bottom! The tune kind of cooks and bubbles on its own ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pure madness – and the original sex groove track by Serge and Jane Birkin! "Je T'Aime" is simply fantastic from the word go – funky bass, moody organ, and some raunchy whispered vocals – and don't miss "Jane B", which has vocals by Jane, excellent piano, and a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
"Early Dawn" is an excellent lost groover! It's got a nice hard drum intro, and a sweet mellow jazz groove played by an unknown tenor player that sounds a lot like Stanley Turrentine in his very early days. The riff is totally catchy, and the cut's a wonderful little number that's way ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
The Steelers were one of the best Chicago soul groups of the late 60s – but they never really cut an album, and issued only a handful of great singles for different labels. This one's one of their best – and it features nice production by Al Smith and Calvin Carter of Vee Jay fame. ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
We can never figure out why these guys didn't become huge – because stuff like this is just wonderful! "I'll Love You Forever" is a strong midtempo harmony number – with a slow vocal that's really great, laid out in an anthemic style that has a spooky finish on the chorus! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mellow harmony soul from Chicago – a great little indie single by a group we know little about! "You Turn Me On" starts very slow and starts to build up as the track goes on – in a way that turns a slightly sad vocal into a much more positive feel. "Generation Gap" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record