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.
2 lesser-known cuts, but both masterful Chicago soul singles with arrangements by Johnny Pate, and writing credits by Curtis Mayfield. "Too Slow" is a catchy groover, with kind of a midtempo step groove to it! 7-inch, Vinyl record
A rare 70s side by this 60s Detroit soul legend! "Lost Time" is a great groover with a super-dope feel – tight drums under soaring strings, almost in a Barry White groove, but with some wah-wah guitar, soundtrack funky flute, and a hip instrumental feel that's pure blacksploitation ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
A monster – and one of the most anthemic cuts that James ever cut! Begins with a monster drumbeat, kicks into a stone groove with loads of guitar, horn, and funky bass – while James shouts the whole thing through without faltering! The track became the motto of a generation – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Good small group work by this famous pair of trombonists – with them as the lead soloists, in front of rhythm backing by Dick Katz, Al Harewood, and either Milt Hinton or Wendell Marshall. Tracks are short, but the trombone interplay is pretty fierce. Titles include "Thou Swell", ... 7-inch, Vinyl record