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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.
Way hipper than any collection that ABC Records ever put out in the US, once it bought the Duke/Peacock catalog – a collection of rare blues singles on the label – with material by Larry Davis, Earl Forest, Little Sonny, Fenton Robinson, James Davis, and Ernie K Doe! LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty nice revival record from Roosevelt Sykes – cut many years after his late 40s hits, but done in a sweet small combo mode that sounds mighty nice! Instrumentation only includes guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone – along with Roosevelt's own piano – and the sax really gets ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the first recordings ever from Chicago legend Junior Wells – made for the small States label in the Windy City, many years before Wells exploded out with much greater national fame! The music here has Junior stepping into the same early electric space that Chess Records was cutting ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chicago blues, but plenty darn funky – recorded with a sharpness and tightness that shows a strong soul-based influence in the second-generation electric work of James Cotton's generation! The core group here features James on harmonica and vocals – backed by piano, guitar, bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Produced by Johnny Winter – with cuts that include "The Blues Had A Baby & They Named It Rock & Roll", "Little Girl", "Deep Down In Florida", "Jealous Hearted Man", and "Mannish Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet electric blues from Albert King – recorded with some great full production, in a burning Memphis style that's got plenty of soul in the mix as well! The set's got a quality level that takes it past some of the cliche-ridden blues of the time – really soulful overall, with a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
A very cool Japanese-only collection – one that features some rare singles on the States label, plus a number of unissued tracks too – all blues material that was even more underground than work on Chess or Vee-Jay! Includes work by Eddie Boyd, LC McKinley, Ernest Cotton, Eddie Ware, ... LP, Vinyl record album