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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.
Perhaps the greatest record Jerry Butler made in the 70s, and a very tight bit of baroque Chicago soul with arrangements and production by Samuel F. Brown III. The tracks are a good mix of originals and covers, and they all show Jerry going way past his Gamble & Huff/Mercury years – into ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Makes us want to freak! The number's a nice midtempo groover – with this tripped out Little Beaver-ish guitar on the intro, punctuated by some funky work on the keys (clavinet?), underneath Billy's catchy soul vocals. Nice hook, and a good steppin number that's not on Billy's LP! 7-inch, Vinyl record
2 funky killers from Eddie Drennon – and proof that "hustle" didn't always have to mean pop-disco hit! "Let's Do The Latin Hustle" has a nice thumping midtempo groove – tight on the bottom, with floating strings and flute on the top – and a chorus of lovely ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
"Party Hearty" is a tasty little cut that nicely earns its name – snapping with plenty of clavinet on the groove, really riffing away on the horns with a hard and heavy Kool & the Gang-styled hook! "Disco Queen" is more of a disco number – natch! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Despite the familiarity of these two titles, they're not covers of more famous tracks, but very very good Little Beaver stuff from his Party Down album, which is an excellent funky soul LP. Nice spare synth percussion, plus dope guitar. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ahh . . . For the days of the streaking single! Arelean was an obscure blues singer from Chicago's west side – but she's forever famous among funk fans for this groovy little number. The cut's got a slow bluesy feel – but Arlean keeps it going with some great lines about what a good ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Killer funky stuff from JB, and just about everything you'd want from him: hard grooves, heavy politics, and lots of nice funky playing by the band! Also the inspiration for the great Talkin' Loud label! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Two lost sides by this obscure Chicago group who also recorded for Curtom. "Black Sensuous Girl" is a nice ballad cut, with good harmonies in an east coast style. "From the Rooter" is more uptempo, and has kind of a grooving northern feel to it. 7-inch, Vinyl record