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Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
A massive jammer from War – and a record that brought the group to a whole new generation of listeners – as well as a good number of later fans who discovered some of these jams in the club! The groove here isn't disco, but this tightening up of War's sweet jamming vibe – almost ... LP, Vinyl record album
A later P-Funk project – with different performers on each track – and titles that include "Hooray" by Jessica Cleaves, "Beautiful" by Gary Shider, "Nice" by Cadillac Heights, "Man Opener" by Baby Fatt, and "I Want Your Car" by Maxi Muff. LP, Vinyl record album
Kellee Patterson's amazing first album for the Shadybrook label – a total killer all the way through, and much harder and heavier than any of her later sides for the label! The record's got a nice jazzy vibe that's a good bridge between her earlier work on Black Jazz, and her later, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the warmest Memphis soul ever recorded – a really classic set from The Ovations, done in a style that's really unique! The vibe here is different from the sound of Stax, as lead singer Louis Williams has a lot of Sam Cooke in his style – a warmly bubbling quality that's as ... LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked groover from late 70s Motown – served up on a record that might look more like a heavy metal outing, but which is tight clubby soul all the way through! Platinum Hook are a bit in the funky territory of early Commodores – save for the fact that they've got one female ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint! The tunes are mostly instrumental – with Toussaint on piano, stomping up a storm with lots of wild playing in that heavy-handed, triplet-heavy 1950s New Orleans mode. The tracks romp along in a nice crescent ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful record from Dorothy Moore – done at a time when the singer was not only one of the leading lights of the southern soul scene, but also maybe the heir apparent to styles that had previously been handled by giants like Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, or Shirley Brown! Many of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of work from the legendary Red Bird label – one that brings together some of its New York soul and New Orleans material – with a fair bit of tracks by the Dixie Cups, plus more by Alvin Robinson, Ad Libs, Butterflies, Jeff & Ellie, Shadow Morton, The Robbins, and ... LP, Vinyl record album