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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.
Promo 12" single that features "Don't Let Go" from the soundtrack to the film Set It Off. The real treat, though, is "Hold On", a hip hop heavy cut that's still our favorite by the group – with a hook and a beat that we still enjoy hearing over the years. Served up ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Back in the day, Chicago never had much of a rap scene – which is why it was so easy for Chicago radio DJ Casper to score big with this little groover on the AVI label! The cut's actually not bad as sort of a funky clubby track – and Casper's rapping style reminds us a lot of Gary Byrd ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Funky breaking madness! Nice 12" single of Herbie's big hit cut with Bill Laswell – which sounds surprisingly better today than it did back in 1983. Lots of nice early electro keyboards – and some nice scratching from Grandmaster D St! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Hit work from the legendary Peter Brown – a key player in far more club sides than we can remember, but a real chart-topper with this one! You may know the a-side, which is offered here in a nice long take with a drum break in the middle – but don't miss "Burning Love", which ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Great stuff from Pam Todd – a sexy little number that shows why she's always been one of the favorites of the underground! The a-side's a 6:36 version of this club classic, with a tight funky groove, and the b-side's got an instrumental by the Gold Bullion Band that's 5:30 long. Nice stuff, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
A huge hit, but a great little number too – one with a sense of darkness that's far stronger than we remember – almost sending a bit of chill down our spine when the trio shout's out the title of the tune! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Another huge hit of the C'est Chic album that gave us "Le Freak", with a similar uplifting piano groove and a chirping guitar line that kept us bouncing in the roller rink as kids. 12-inch, Vinyl record