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Best Of Count Basie

LP (Item 510976) Decca/MCA, Late 30s/Early 40s — Condition: Near Mint-
2LP Gatefold

A really great collection of some of Basie's first important material – 2LPs worth of classics that set the tone for generations to come!  © 1996-2022, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Mono black label Decca pressing, with deep groove on LP 1. Cover has a small cutout hole, some wear and aging, small index label, bent corner at the bottom right, and peeled spots from sticker removal. Side 1 labels on each LP has a name in pen.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • 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.

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.



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