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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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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
The Bar-Kays' last album for Stax – most likely recorded in earlier years – and a surprisingly funky set that still holds onto the group of the group's earlier 70s work, while also pointing the way towards the future! The overall sound isn't nearly as slick as in the Mercury years, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and LA modes from Eddie Floyd – working here with help from Al Bell and Al Jackson in the studio, but also handling a fair bit of the proceedings himself! Titles include "Something To Write Home About", "Whatcha Gonna Do With My ... LP, Vinyl record album
A nice one from Eddie – straight and hard, in that sophisticated Memphis mode that he used in his post 1968 albums. Steve Cropper arranged and produced, and the record shows Cropper's ability to keep expanding with the Stax sound – working in strings and larger backings amidst the ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest covers of Johnnie Taylor's early years on Stax Records – and some pretty great music to match! The album's got a wicked funky blues groove – with production by Don Davis that hangs nicely on both the hard edges and mellower moments – really showing Taylor's ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Guitar Watson at the top of his game – working here in a sublime mix of funk, blues, and soul – all crafted into a groove that was uniquely Watson's own! Johnny may have started the 70s in relative obscurity – down from some hit work in the 50s and 60s – but by the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sly's still doing pretty nice for himself in 1974 – with a sound that's perhaps a bit warmer than on the early records, but still nice and soulful – and peppered with a good dose of funk! The groove is really great on the set – bubbling with a more "deep down" feel than ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Staple Singers and Curtis Mayfield – working together here in a very Curtom groove! This great little set picks off where the group's work on the Let's Do It Again soundtrack left off – taking The Staples far past their Memphis sound of the Stax years, into a hipper, more adult ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Temptations' former lead singer's first solo record with a huge 80s groove album, especially considering the mighty title track – the duet with Siedah Garrett and it's sly reggae influenced bassline and crisp popping beat. This is one of those records we appreciate a lot more with the ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few strong records on the Midland label – an imprint mostly known for its mainstream disco work in the 70s. Universe City are a vocal quintet arranged and produced for the set by John Davis – in a style that's still pretty disco, but which has a much stronger Philly ... LP, Vinyl record album