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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.
One of the biggest major label hip hop albums of the early 80s – and easily one of the best ever full length sets from Kurtis Blow! There's a straightforward simplicity here that's totally great – a slight elevation of the Sugar Hill groove towards a more mainstream audience – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Probably the most hyped hip hop album by rock critics of the last decade – but don't hold that against Stankonia, because these ghetto grooves from planet P-Funk were exactly what the world needed in 2000! The millenium blowout party jam feel throughout is surely a nice change of pace from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Six dope tracks from Masta Ace that should have been released earlier but never were due to record label problems, etc. Side B includes three tracks recorded between 1992 and 1994 that are better than most of his "Sittin On Chrome" era tracks – "Way Of The World", "So ... LP, Vinyl record album
14 tracks in all including "The Truth", "Raw & Uncut", "Anything", "Mac Man", "Who Want What", "Playa", "Everybody Wanna Be A Star", "Stop & Chill", "What A Thug About", and "What Ya Life ... LP, Vinyl record album
The great second Eric B & Rakim album – benchmark hip hop of the first order! Following up Paid In Pull, Follow The Leader completes one of the great one-two punches in hip hop history – bring in a richer, fuller, more skillfully creating sound, without sacrificing the dense, hard ... LP, Vinyl record album
38 tracks in all, spread out over 5 pieces of vinyl, including "You Don't Want To Go To War" and "The Party Don't Stop" by Mia X, "Break Em Off Something", "How You Do Dat", "Pass Da Green", "Hot Boys & Girls", "Plan B", ... LP, Vinyl record album
A split LP between Mark the 45 King and Louie Vega, with some rhymes by Lakim Shabazz, Apache and Ron Delite. 5 tracks produced by the 45 King: "Rhythmical Beatdown", "Feel The Madness", "hazardous To Your Health", "Deadly & Dangerous" and "Smooth ... LP, Vinyl record album
Biz's second LP from 1989 – what can we tell you about the Biz that you don't already know? As far as we're concerned there's a lot of MC's that could learn a lesson or two from the Biz, and producers too. Good time middle school hip hop, with nice sample based production and a great sense ... LP, Vinyl record album