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 weird one from Bill – as "Little Ole Man" is a remake of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight", done here with a similar strident groove, but spoken lyrics that are completely different, and which tell the story of a funky old man! "Hush Hush" is a romping cover of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the greatest pop soul singles of all time! Even though we hear it lots of times on oldies stations, we still get a thrill from the great raw sound of "But It's Alright" – especially the great choppy guitar bit on the intro! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funky Bill Cosby! "Funky North Philly" is one of Bill's best from the 60s – a cut that has the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band backing him up, with a fast vamping funky sound that's just like their own work. Bill sings some silly lyrics – as he does on the flipside, a version ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funky madness – with a nice stoner touch! "Hooray" is almost a ripoff of Jimi Hendrix – a fuzzed-out funky number performed with the Watts 103rd Street Band and Bill on vocals. "Ursalena" is similar – another stoner rock parody type number, but handled in a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Great work by The Radiants – arranged here by Charles Stepney, with a tripped-out sound that's like the best late 60s work by The Dells! "Ida Mae Foster" is a real bit of psychedelic soul, with guitars coming down on the beat, fuzzing things up along with a really loud cello, while ... 7-inch, Vinyl record