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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.
Fantastic work by maestro Burt Bacharach – subtle genius, and an album that offers more to us every time we listen to it! Burt's work has been recorded by many – but few ever gave it the kind of treatment that he did – as you'll hear in this brilliant array of sweeping strings, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Insanely wonderful work by Bacharach – in a way that we can hardly begin to describe (but we'll certainly try!) By the time this one was recorded – 1971 – Burt's reputation as a songwriter and arranger were so firmly established that he had an incredible amount of freedom in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cool album of avant garde percussion pieces, played by a European sextet dedicated to playing this kind of stuff. The showpiece of the album is their own composition "Signals", which spans all of side two and which has some cool noisy percussion bits. There's two other pieces on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
No love better than electric love – in our opinion! The Electronic Concept Orchestra lay down their own particular breed here, with moogy versions of sexy classics like "Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus", "The Look Of Love", "Like A Lover", and "This Guy's In Love ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful testament to the glory of New York in the postwar years – a concept album penned and conducted by Gordon Jenkins, as kind of a musical tribute to the city and its apartment culture! The core narrative is about a guy who moves to, discovers, and falls in love with and in New York ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lovely and creepy! The Sandpipers were a wonderfully breathy pop combo, and they recorded some amazing albums for A&M during the late 60s. They had a mellow easy style that worked great with the kind of Latiny and soft rock material they covered – and their vocal harmonies were held ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some very groovy and fairly ambitious moog takes of Beatles tracks, using moog, arp, and other cool electronic instrumentation. The lineup's mostly late Beatles stuff with a trippy feel, like "Your Mother Should Know", "Strawberry Fields", and "Penny Lane", and many ... LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet Latin-styled set from trumpeter Herb Alpert – but one that's got a very different vibe than his faux Latin grooves of the 60s! The set here is done with key contributions from both Juan Carlos Calderon as a songwriter, and Jose Quintana as a producer – both talents who really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Percussive exotic material, with lots of drums and chanting, in the style of work by Chaino, or some of Sabu's less jazz-oriented stuff. The back cover has photos of the session, which give it a very savage party sort of look – but the overall effect is that of a tamer, almost ethnographic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Happy Hank surrounded by plenty of cleavage – a cover that's perfect for the album's title play on the hit Charlie's Angels show! Mancini does a great job with the theme to that one, and also adds in some cool keyboards you wouldn't have heard on the original – and the rest of the ... LP, Vinyl record album