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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.
An excellent album from El Chicano – still very much in the jazzed-up mode of Viva Tirado, and working here with a very similar mix of organ and guitar, filtered into a soulful LA funky Latin mode. The guitarist, Mickey Lespron, is in fantastic form here – jamming away over the organ ... LP, Vinyl record album
All pachanga groovers – as you might guess from the title – but the album also has a great descarga titled "Aji Picante"! Titles include "La Pachanga De Lao", "Ponte En La Bola", "La Rueda", "Pachismoso Tu", "El Guayo De ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mongo teams up the great Latin diva La Lupe in the early 60s for a tasty set of Latin Jazz and Descargas. The band includes the great set of players Mongo was using at this time – including Marty Sheller, Pat Patrick and Bobby Capers, plus Kako sits in on percussion, though La Lupe sings on ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Tito's classic 50's recordings for Tico, all of which have a much rawer sound than his work for RCA from the same time. The tracks on here represent some Tito's best work in the Cha Cha Cha format – played with a hard sound and a good percussive drive aimed towards a very appreciative ... LP, Vinyl record album
The cover alone should be enough to tell you this is a cooker – as Cortijo and Kako go head to head on heavy percussion, working a heavy traditional groove despite the later date of the album! Rhythms are strongly in the plena and bomba modes – with timbales and congas dominating, as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice British album that brings together rare recordings from the late 40s, featuring Machito's seminal Cubop mixture of Latin and bebop – and featuring players like Charlie Parker, Howard McGhee, and Brew Moore, and Harry Belafonte actually even sings vocals on one track! Most of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early 60s charanga material by the flautist Fajardo and his combo, plus some other sides by the Orquestra Sensacion, featuring more of a traditional vocal sound. The Fajardo stuff's the best, and titles include "Tengo una Novia", "La Gioconda", "Bellas Mujeres", and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the great Jon Lucien – and probably his best-ever record! The album has Jon hitting a totally unified vision of spacey soul – bringing in elements of Brazilian music and touches of his Carribean roots, fusing them together with a sweet jazzy style and one of the most ... LP, Vinyl record album