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(Promo in a Motown sleeve. Sleeve and labels have some writing in marker.)
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.
Great clubby work from Diana Ross – all tracks pulled from her album The Boss – and featuring some great production from Ashford & Simpson! "It's My House" is nicely mellow – and steps along with a midtempo groove that's a nice relief from the overdone drama of ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
A wonderful disco groover – recorded for Motown by Carl Bean, who we think never got a chance to issue a full album for the label! The real strength of the cut lies with Norman Harris – who produced the cut with a warm bubbling Philly finish – one that really makes the most of ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
"Computer Game" is one of the best early singles from this famous Japanese combo. The cut's got plenty of electronics, as expected, but it's also got a wonderfully soulful groove – with some Barry White-esque strings that provide a nice degree of warmth, and help the cut hit a ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
A great little track – with a spacey, airy feel that's unusual for the time! The cut is co-produced by Jimmy Smith, and is almost more of a jazz funk one than a club number – with the mix of dancefloor rhythms and soaring jazz that you'd find on Jimmy's Sit On It album – but ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
3 sweet tracks off the second album from Kid Creole & The Coconuts blending 20s retro styles with early 80s dancefloor trends and touched with elements of the exotic for some mad, infectious grooves. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Who'd have ever thought that Candi Staton would reemerge as a house diva during the 80s? Good thing, though – because the cut's one of her best from the decade, not really house, as you'd guess from the list of mixes, but a killer smooth stepper, in a nice midtempo groove! 12-inch, Vinyl record
A dancefloor classic! Gregg Diamond was never one of our favorites – but we love the cut "Hot Butterfly", an amazing soulful club groover, with incredible work by Luther Vandross, and a stormin sound that just won't quit! 8 minutes long – and very very nice! 12-inch, Vinyl record