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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.
This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip,
cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
A seminal album from the legendary Little Willie John – one of the greatest singers in the pre-soul years, and a strong influence on James Brown as well! The cover's quite unassuming – from that time when the growing R&B album market somehow didn't like to feature a black face on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Later reissue of this landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – but they also went out of ... LP, Vinyl record album
A later collection of vintage R&B and soul from King Records! Includes selections by Bill Doggett, Donnie Elbert, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Roy Brown, Esther Phillips, Earl Bostic, Freddy King, Otis Williams & The Charms, Kenny Martin, Johnny Long, The 5 Royales, and Lloyd Glenn. LP, Vinyl record album
Not actually the first album by Donna Hightower – given that she cut some great blues-tinged material for Capitol Records in the 50s – but a set that really captures the singer in that strong run she had on the European scene of the 70s – the material appears to have been recorded ... LP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Brother James – a wonderful 60s album that not only includes the incredible title track – one of James' best groovers from the time – but a set that also showcases his talents in so many other styles too! There's a few wonderful ballads – but completely ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great tribute from James Brown to Little Willie John – a huge influence on the vocal style of The Godfather himself! There are some great deep soul tracks on here, and lots of groovy instrumentals – put together to make for one of the most compelling James Brown King albums of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Late work from Hank Ballard's first run at King Records – some rocking soul tracks from the early 60s, with the gritty edge that we've come to expect from Hank. Titles include "Get Ready", "I'm Learning", "What's Your Name", "Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Fantastic Four – who are really hitting their stride vocally, moving into a whole new sound from their work in the late 60s. The groove is a mix of 70s harmony soul and early Westbound disco – and the longish tracks get quite involved, both vocally and arrangement-wise ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic bit of baroque soul by the Checkmates Ltd – and one of the most unusual Phil Spector productions of all time! Sonny Charles and The Checkmates were a soul group that had been knocking around for a few years before the set – singing in a strong blend of rocking styles that ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the high points of Larry Graham's career – a hard-jamming set of guitar-based funk that forever put Graham Central Station on the map! There's a virtuosity to the record that's really stunning – bass, guitar, and drums all dropping into place magically alongside one another ... LP, Vinyl record album