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Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play,
but might detract from the looks.
May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be
intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under
the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record.
(Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
Possible minor surface noise when played.
Additional Marks & Notes
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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.
Chicago blues legend Eddie Boyd – recording here with a British group that includes Peter Green on guitar, John Mayall on harmonica, John McVie on bass, and Aynsley Dunbar on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Raw, ragged, rough, and ready – killer early work by Bo Diddley, clearly in a class by itself! The Bo Diddley groove isn't blues, isn't soul, and isn't R&B – it's instead a mad blend of rhythm, scratchy guitar, and spontaneously playful vocals that few other singers could ever hope ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of older and newer Chess Records blues modes – and a set cut by one of the lesser-known artists to work for the label! At some level, Jimmy Reeves Jr hearkens back to some of the more folksy blues artists who recorded for Chess in the 50s – but the setting here is slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Mama Thornton may well be best-remembered as the woman who gave the world "Hound Dog" – which later catapulted Elvis to fame – but over the years she continued to be a hell of a singer, with a rich legacy of music that more than stands on its own! Witness this mid 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Memphis Slim's installment in this excellent LP series from Chess – 60s packagings of earlier recordings done by key bluesmen in the Chicago scene, with slightly improved fidelity but enough of the "real folk blues" sound to warrant the title! Instrumentation here is a bit more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early work from RL Burnside – Mississippi country blues, recorded by David Evans during a few trips to Memphis in 1979 and 1980 – and pretty monumental stuff overall! The sides are billed as the first-ever recordings of RL playing electric guitar – and also the first non-solo ... LP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant and overlooked gem from the glorious post-disco years of the New York scene – the first album recorded by Lizzy Mercier Descloux, a French native who'd relocated to America in the late 70s, and soaked up a huge array of influences from the scene at the time! The album's a really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strange compilation focusing on a bunch of San Francisco rock and funk groups produced by Abe "Voco" Kesh. This is noteworthy for a bunch of early Sylvester stuff (and it's good, too), plus some funky stuff by Clifford Coulter. Also includes work by John Lee Hooker and Linda Tillery. ... LP, Vinyl record album