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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.
Dark brilliance from Ennio Morricone – a great 70s thriller that mixes in some great extra elements with the music! Il Prefetto Di Ferro has a core sound that's very much in keeping with Morricone's approach to crime and cop films – a bit warmer and funkier at times than his horror ... LP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly delicate late 70s score from Ennio Morricone – oddly auspicious, given that it's for a biblical era comedy – 1979's Il Ladrone! The sound has some of the elegiac qualities, with with lightly chiming strings and winds – but really has a unique feel thanks to what ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great Ennio Morricone soundtrack – also known to the world under the title of "Blue Beard". Richard Burton stars in this nutty film that features a host of lovely ladies – including Raquel Welch and Joey Heatherton – and Morricone's score is a lot moodier and darker ... LP, Vinyl record album
The kind of sexy Morricone soundtrack we really really love! This overlooked gem is a sweet 70s side – written for a love story starring Marcello Mastroianni and Nastassja Kinski, and done with the lightly erotic touches that make even Morricone's prettiest melodies extremely haunting and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A heavenly bit of work from Morricone! The album's a non-soundtrack – but it features singer Edda Dell'Orso interpreting some of his greatest themes of the late 60s and early 70s, in that wordless drifting mode that always made for his best soundtracks ever. There's a few instrumental tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album
A groovy soundtrack to a film we'd love to see – an obscure thriller that starred Henry Fonda and Yul Brynner! The style of the music runs between the two poles of work from Morricone at the time – with some cuts that are spare, quiet, and very pretty, and others that are fuller, more ... LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure Morricone album that was recorded for the CEM sound library label in Italy. The record is mostly made up of tracks that Morricone did for the film Forza Italia – and these have a beautiful spare spacey sound, with light haunting melodies, in the tradition of his work on scores ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Morricone – with a wonderful mix of tracks that are groovy, mellow, and sometimes a bit spooky! The leadoff cut is a swinging English-language vocal tune – "The Ballad Of Hank McCain", sung by Jackie Lynton – and the rest of the album mixes together instrumental ... LP, Vinyl record album
The soundtrack that put John Barry over the top – and to many, THE James Bond soundtrack! The album chills from the first notes of the haunting title theme – the majestic "Goldfinger", sung by Shirley Bassey with a tone that's as dangerous as a razor-sharp hat spinning ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice Quincy Jones soundtrack for the first "Mr. Tibbs" film. Roland Kirk's in the orchestra, and you can hear him nicely in a soul jazz groove on a number of tracks. Titles include "Whipping Boy", "Nitty Gritty Time", "Shag Bag, Hounds & Harvey", "B ... LP, Vinyl record album