This image is a general representation of the album cover, but the actual product may differ slightly in terms of color shading, logo placement, borders, or other small details. If the item offered is a used, second-hand item, please note that there may be some cosmetic differences as well.
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 great collection of work from this important Chicago label – a key early group soul force, even before Vee Jay and Chess! Includes great early work by The Flamingos, plus music by 5 Thrills, The Orchids, Earls, and Rockettes! LP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of the rarest group labels of the 50s – the small Showtime label, which operated in LA in the shadow of Aladdin and other bigger labels! The set features rare singles from The Feathers, Five Stars, Individuals, and John & Louis Staton. LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most obscure work in the Golden Groups series – pulled from a tiny label in Petersburg, Virginia – and including early tracks by The Continental Five, plus The Orbits, Velvatones, and Five Roses – including singles and rare alternate takes! LP, Vinyl record album
The complete work of this ultra-rare label from Chicago – an early group soul imprint that only issued 8 singles in all! The set features key work from The Four Buddies and Kingsmen – plus a number of really rare tracks by unknown groups that are especially nice! LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked chapter in the mainstream rise of New Orleans soul in the 70s – and a great little set arranged and produced by Allen Toussaint during his years on Warner Brothers! The album's got a similar feel to Toussaint's own albums for Warner, although perhaps a bit mellower and more ... LP, Vinyl record album