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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.
The cover says "Chicago Blues Festival" – but the set was recorded in Paris, yet still with a very strong Chi-town group – Lonnie Brooks on guitar and vocals, Hubert Sumlin on second guitar, Little Mac Simmons on harmonica, and Willie Mabon on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
The title's kind of an obvious overstatement – but it's also a great illustration of the simple and straightforward nature of the album – a set that's got a sound that's far rootsier than you might expect from its date – and which almost makes us feel like we're hearing Roosevelt ... LP, Vinyl record album
Messed up funky blues from drummer Willie Williams – here leading a Chicago group that includes work by Pinetop Perkins, Eddie Taylor, Roy Lee Johnson, Carel Bell, and Little Mack. There's no all-out funk tracks on the record – but it does have a soulful edge overall, especially in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rootsy blues from the team of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – two older-styled bluesmen who were really coming into their own during the folk revival years of the 60s! The style here is quite spare – just harmonica from Sonny and guitar from Brownie – plus vocals by both ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sykes plays piano and sings, and the bluesy group that backs him up includes King Curtis on tenor. The overall sound is similar to other jazzy blues albums on Prestige – with sort of a rootsy R&B sound, filtered through more of a 60s soul jazz sensibility. Titles include "Jailbait&q ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of a number of sessions cut by Chicago bluesman Willie Mabon in the 70s – done in at a time when his talents were being re-discovered by a host of younger listeners. The overall style is in the older mode of Willie's classic years – relatively spare, with backing by a Chicago group ... LP, Vinyl record album