A sweet instrumental set from Paul Mauriat! El Condor Pasa is a warm batch of grooves from the early 70s – a record that's still very much in the best French-styled easy sound that made Mauriat huge on American charts for a bit a few years before! As with his previous records, this one has a style that's as soft as familiar instrumental modes, yet also a bit hipper too – kind of a touch of French sex in the mix – buried nicely in the background, amidst warm strings, bits of keyboards, and some nice electric bass – and some occasional breakout moments that almost get a bit funky, kind of in a Brazilian EMI/Odeon early 70s way. Titles include a great version of the Stelvio Cipriani tune "To Be The One You Love" – plus "Melancholy Man", "Black Harlem", "Tonta Gafa Y Boba", "Burning Bridges", "Lonely Days", and "Love Story". (US pressing on Philips. Cover has a cutout hole.) © 1996-2016, Dusty Groove, Inc.
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.
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:
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.