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(Yellow label United Superior pressing in a red cover. Cover has a mostly split top seam.)
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.
A strangely rootsy set from Buddy and Junior Wells, with the surprise addition of Junior Mance on piano – all recorded with a "live in studio" feel that's even sparer than some of the pair's other studio work! The tracks are done in very much the down-home electric mode that was ... LP, Vinyl record album
Raw bluesy stuff by Big Mama, recorded in San Francisco, and with a small band that includes James Cotton, Otis Spann, and Muddy Waters. Titles include "Black Rat", "Gimme A Penny", "Looking The World Over", and "Everything Gonna Be Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
Get your hoodoo happening with these nice raw, spare recordings of John Lee Hooker. Issued as 45s on Deluxe and with some LP cuts from his Atco album, this set includes 16 tracks in all, including "Stuttering Blues", "Pouring Down Rain", "You Lost A Good Man", "Mi ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent Memphis Slim session, done in a very rootsy style – with Slim on piano and vocals – plus occasional instrumentation from Lafayette Thomas on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and "Harpie" Brown on harmonica – a player who's likely working here under another ... LP, Vinyl record album