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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.
Hilarious! Always one to try to prove that he wasn't just a stodgy uptowner, Leonard Bernstein cut this album as a "guide to jazz" – featuring narration by Mr. B himself, plus playing by Miles Davis, Buck Clayton, Teo Macero, and Louis Armstrong. The record traces the evolution of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Subtitled "jazz for that relaxed mood", this is actually a great compilation of early work by Ellington's group – recorded for Columbia during the years 1934 to 1939. Somehow, the tracks still end up sounding 30 years ahead of their time – far stronger than most any early 50s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Although guitarist Hank Garland spent most of his life as an obscure Nashville studio musician – he was actually a pretty darn great jazz player, with none of the country tinges you'd expect from his other career work. This lost session, done for Columbia in 1960, is a real gem – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rodney Franklin never let us down during his entire run for Columbia – and like his others for the label, this set's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and fusion – smoothed together nicely, but never in a way that's slick or commercial! Franklin's got a keen ear that lets him sit on both ... LP, Vinyl record album
Miles Davis makes the electric transition – in this groundbreaking set from the late 60s! The classic mid 60s quintet is still in place here – Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – but the sound is looser, freer, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful collaboration between Miles Davis and the great Gil Evans – and perhaps the most perfectly realized of all their projects! The album's got a wonderfully unified feel – as it begins with long compositions that have a distinct Spanish-tinge (and not a Latin-tinge, which is an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Double LP reissue of 2 of Ornette's 70's records. "Science Fiction" has a smaller ensemble of players, like Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Don Cherry, or Bobby Bradford. Two, however, have a slightly larger group, with Asha Pulthi on vocals. Tracks include "What Reason Could I ... LP, Vinyl record album
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard edged jazz stuff, featuring the great tenorist in a spare (and rare) setting away from Duke Ellington's band. Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Nat Adderley, and Sam Jones lay down a nice soulful groove with a deep bottom, and Gonsalves plays with warmth and imagination throughout. The set includes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard to find Houston Person session, and a great set of straight jazz without the usual funky soul jazz twist. Instead of an organ, this LP's got Houston backed by the sensitive piano of Cedar Walton, and the sound is rich and deep, with loads of introspective playing by the two of them. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
An ambitious larger group album from Yusef Lateef – and one that's carried off with all the genius of his smaller group sessions from the time! Yusef himself is working with a variety of reed instruments – including tenor sax, oboe, flute, and argol – amongst a larger horn ... LP, Vinyl record album