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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.
One of the rootsiest albums ever recorded by Mongo Santamaria – a spare set of percussion-heavy tracks, one that's almost his answer to Tito Puente's Puente In Percussion, but which is actually even more stripped down! Supposedly, this one was originally recorded as a percussion instruction ... LP, Vinyl record album
A set that continues the groove of Mongo Santamaria's other great Vaya work – and goes a bit more towards the R&B fusion mode – taking Mongo's Latin rhythms and infusing them with electric instrumentation to really make them cook! The sound is great, and the album grooves in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quite a rootsy early album from Mongo Santamaria – recordings done in Havana in early 1960, at a time when it was still possible to get music like this out to the US! The style here is quite different than most of Santamaria's other sides from the 60s – mostly a mix of percussion and ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Mongo's good electric Latin fusion LPs for Vaya, and a nice batch of tracks with a good groove to them, and a nice jazzy feel. There's some nice electric piano moments, and the band grooves nicely on cuts like "TV", "Images", "Havana", and "Mucho Mas". LP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff by Mongo – a no-nonsense batch of Latin jazz tracks, arranged by himself and Francisco Aguabella, who's sort of the co-leader of the group on the set! Players include Emil Richards, Paul Horn, Armando Pereza, Carlos Vidal, and Willie Bobo – and as you can imagine by that ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great Bob James-directed session from Mongo Santamaria – and a set that takes the fusion-inflected Latin work he was doing on the Vaya label, and blends it with an even tighter, sharper CTI Records vibe! The approach is a bit like that combination of underground Latin and larger label ... LP, Vinyl record album
Killer pachanga work from Mongo Santamaria – hard, tight, and very jazzy – and recorded with a style that's decidedly more rootsy than work of its type from the New York scene! The lineup features great work on reeds – tenor from Jose Chombo Silva, and flute from Rolando Lozano ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Mongo's best Columbia LPs, and a totally hard hitting live set recorded with a very strong Latin jazz feel! The group's got some of Mongo's best players ever – like Hubert Laws and Bobby Porcelli – and the album's got lots of hard horn solos, and a good good groove throughout. ... LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty sweet Latin jazz session from Mongo – recorded with the same electric groove as his 70s recordings on Vaya, plus touches of a more classic Latin jazz sound that are very nice! The group's very nice – and there's some excellent reed work by Sam Furnace and Tony Hinson, which ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Mongo's biggest records of the early 70s – and an important early side for Atlantic Records! Moving to Atlantic from Columbia, Mongo hipped things up even more – picking up on important trends in soul, rock, and the Latin underground of the time. Atlantic gave Mongo the freedom ... LP, Vinyl record album
A raw early cooker from Mongo Santamaria – a real standout album from the Riverside years, thanks to a live performance that goes far beyond his studio work of the time! The set was caught live at the Village Gate – in a way that lets the band open up and really jam on the tunes – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brassy set of Latin sides recorded by Machito's trumpet player from the old days, Bobby Madera, who's probably best known to the world as the man who wrote "Mambo Inn". That track's on here, and so are the tracks "Mambo Pastel", "Basutoland", "Rhythmambo", ... LP, Vinyl record album