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 sides of raw bluesy soul from this oft-overlooked Chicago singer. Nice deep sound, in keeping with the usual M-Pac/One-Der-Ful material, and good production by Otis Hayes and Monk Higgins. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Some of the deepest soul ever to be cut in Chicago. "That's How It Is" has stunning vocals by Clay, with production that sounds more like it's from Memphis than from the south side. "Show Place" is a pretty good hard uptempo groover, too. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Classic soul club track, with a hard groove that has a Little Beaver guitar feel to it, and Sugar Billy's deep vocals over the top, asking the musical question in the title. Very groovy, and the album's a tough one to find! 7-inch, Vinyl record
A great little funky number by Andre Williams – one of those tracks that he originally cut back in the 50s, but redone here in a funkier 60s version! The cut's a nice one, with a jaunty raw groove that points the way towards his later funk stuff – but which also has the best elements ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best breakbeat tracks you'll ever find from the JBs! This original single includes parts 1, 2, & 3 of this monster cut from the "Damn Right I Am Somebody" LP – which are more than were on the album version! A classic, and still one of the best cuts ever by the JBs! 7-inch, Vinyl record
"Instant Death" is an excellent little groover from Eddie – fast, tight, and with a mad Varitone romp that fits perfectly with the 70s funk tip of the cut! It's matched by the super-dope "A Little Wes", which has a clear inspiration from Wes Montgomery, and a slick take ... 7-inch, Vinyl record