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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.
An archetypal album by Roy – and one that really shows him at the turning point of his sound! Gone are the trippier jazz funk moments of earlier albums – and in their place are some tight grooves and wonderfully spacey soul. Roy hits the dancefloor with one of his first up-tempo funk ... LP, Vinyl record album
Peaches & Herb get some really wonderful help here from Freddie Perren – who really helps them focus their groove nicely for the dancefloor! Given the already-great vocals from the pair, and the long legacy of upbeat work from Freddie, the album's got a heck of a lot going for it – ... LP, Vinyl record album
James Brown really opens up on this early 70s classic – really showing the world the amazing groove he was crafting with his band – who were let loose to jam in the studio, spinning out some really long grooves – which were then cut down to make this sweet little record! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly soulful set of tracks from French Kiss – the kind of group that you'd really expect to be a throwaway disco ensemble from their name and the cover of the record (which shows a woman getting her dress caught in the door of a limo!) The real strength of the set is the vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album
Damn, is this a great record! The album's not only one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks ever recorded, it's also one of James Brown's funkiest outings of the early 70s! Nearly every cut's a winner, and James gets some very funky help from The JBs, who groove hard on the best instrumental ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record – one of Birdsong's rare early ones, with a messed-up approach to funk that he rarely matched again! The album was cut at the time Birdsong was working with Roy Ayers – but it was produced by Birdsong himself, and he also handled all the keyboards on the set. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of fusion-inspired soul – recorded for Wayne Henderson's At-Home productions, and done with a jazzy vibe that's simply tremendous! The album features some really great work by by Bobby Lyle and Roland Bautista – and at some level, the whole thing's got a sound that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest club projects of the 70s – a set of tracks based around the keyboards of Don Ray, but handled with lots of electronic disco touches from Cerrone! The pair are great arrangers on their own, but together they really make some magic – kind of a leaner take on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from this one-off group arranged and produced by Vince Montana! The feel's more in the mode of some of Patrick Adams' disco work for P&P than Montana's usual groove – with a sweet jazzy touch, and a warm soulful groove that pushes the album way past most of its ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mid 70's live album by Rudy Ray Moore, and one of the few records of his that we've seen that isn't on Kent. There's a band backing him up, but they're sort of in the background, and you can't hear them that well because Rudy's thundering voice is booming out over tracks like "Hell Of A Blow ... LP, Vinyl record album
Not as sublime as some of Vernon's earlier work, mostly because the sound of the record's got a bit of that 80s flatness – but there's more than a few nice songs on here, still put together with that flair for a hook that Burch brought to most of his projects during the 70s. Titles include ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kind of an oddball release in the career of Donnie Elbert – but actually, most of his albums seemed to come out on off-side labels like this! The record's a mix of older rocking soul numbers and some great ballad tracks with a warm 70s feel – done by Donnie in that amazing falsetto ... LP, Vinyl record album