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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.
Killer set of modern house tracks – put together by Stuart Patterson, the driving force behind Soulsonic, one of London's best house music nights of the past 10 years! Patterson's got a keen devotion to classic house grooves and modern tracks that draw deeply from the history of disco and ... LP, Vinyl record album
"Motown" and "chill" aren't two words we'd necessarily use in the same sentence (or the same decade for that matter!) – but the remixes on this set manage to bring the two together nicely, and take an older Motown groove into the realm of downtempo and electronics! The EP ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of those no-cover, just-a-sticker affairs – but filled with some classic funky sample break tracks! Titles include "Brown Baggin" by 24 Carat Black, "Povo" by Freddie Hubbard, "T Plays It Cool" by Marvin Gaye, "Love Your Life" by Average White Band ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest collections ever put out by The Numero Group – and that's saying a lot, given the hipness of the label! Downriver Revival chronicles the story of a unique studio in Michigan – Double U Sound, a custom recording spot that captured a wonderful range of soul, funk, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Damn funky gospel soul – the sort you'd hardly expect from spiritual folks like these, but which flourished strongly alongside more standard church-related work in the 70s! The package is a stunning follow up to Numero's first Good God volume – and really digs even deeper than that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lordy! This one's one of the rarest of the classic Ultimate Breaks & Beats series – the quickly-deleted volumes 7 and 8, both of which never saw print into the 90s. This one's a real killer – filled with great tracks that include "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", "Let's ... LP, Vinyl record album
The 9th volume in this legendary series – and easy one of our favorite of all of them, given the wide range and expansive approach to the tunes on the set! The groove here goes way past simple old school funk, and begins to show the changes in breaks used back in the mid 80s – not just ... LP, Vinyl record album
Freaky French grooves – a fantastic follow-up to the first Wizzz volume that we loved many years back – and like that great set, a huge batch of rare 60s gems you'll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere! The core rhythms are often rockish, but usually pretty funky too – a freaked-out ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great lost treasure, and one of Marlena Shaw's most obscure albums – a really compelling batch of sophisticated vocal tracks with arrangements by Wade Marcus! The instrumentation is wonderful – with lots of soulful guitar and organ licks amidst the larger orchestrations, giving the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling later albums on Philly International – a killer mix of jazzy numbers that have a very different style than most of the other Philly work at the time! Even though Leon Huff had been banging around in soul music for about 15 years – most famously as half of the ... LP, Vinyl record album