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.
We love "Midnight Cowboy" – no matter what form it takes! This one's a sublime funky instrumental – lots of bass underneath the trademark organ, peppered with horn blasts by the group! The flip's a nice instrumental – an original, with a bit of a goofy groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Classic funky soul from The Meters! "Sophisticated Cissy" was a follow-up to "Cissy Strut", and it's got the same tight grooves as that one – and some great Meters guitar! "Sehorns Farms" is another Meters classic – and the single's the kind of double-head ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
2 killers by the JBs! "Doing It To Death" is one of their best tracks from the early days – with a funky riffing sound you'll know immediately. "Everybody Got Soul" is an excellent party track with a great Maceo solo – lots of grooves, and the band is tight tight ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funky funky Rufus! This one's a monster – with great drums, rolling bass, and riffing guitar that scratches up the whole dark track to keep it nice and funky! Rufus' vocals hardly get in the way, and the cut's one of his funkiest ever! 7-inch, Vinyl record
A super-dope song from Marvin Gaye – and one that wasn't originally issued on LP! The track is a very righteous, very political tune – sounding almost more like Curtis Mayfield than Marvin, and with a heavy funky approach to the groove that takes the cut way past its politics! Really ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Beautiful original single of Syl's classic track about racial disenfranchisement. The track's filled with deep deep Chicago soul, and it's a stunning set of haunting guitar-based arrangements that are beyond compare! The flip's a nice original, also written by Syl. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Great bit of Chicago soul, with some writing and production by Cleveland Eaton, and really great harmony vocals that dip and twist, yet sound super dark and moody! "Lifetime" is a great cut, with a deep descending intro that has a spacey sound, flanging around in the dark, and really ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
The Classic Sullivans were one of those great lost groups to record for a Warner Brother subsidiary in the late 60s/early 70s – and like all those groups, they never got the attention they deserved. "Paint Yourself In the Corner", despite the clunky title, is a great soul track ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
This is Hank's first version of the track, not the one produced by James Brown. That doesn't stop it from being nice and soulful, though – with a great rolling R&B groove that made it one of his best early moments! Killer vocals on both sides, too! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Nice one! "The Horse" is a tasty vocal version of Cliff Nobles' big hit – and it's got a very similar backing to the original, plus some nice lyrics about the track. "The Mule" is an instrumental, with a similar sound, too. Both cuts are written by Jesse James – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Great stuff – and the kind of record that keeps us digging for funky 45s! The track's essentially a 2-part instrumental, with a rolling organ, bass, and tenor groove that's very very nice. Ruby and the gang shout in the background, in a lively party fasion, and the tenor solo on the flip is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record