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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.
One of the best tracks from this Chicago funk legend! The tune starts with a great break, has a fuzzed-out Superfly kind of groove, and funks it on in a totally righteous way! Loads of great fuzzy guitar – and a very hip sound that takes it past most of The General's other work! 7-inch, Vinyl record
"Stone Fox" is the real winner here – an instrumental tune with some all-out bluesy guitar, riffing and rasping over a fast vamp by the band, sounding more like a Chicago Chess number than James' usual mid 60s bag! "Kansas City" is, of course, a version of the famous ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
An incredible early single from The Notations! "Just You & Me" is a heavenly ballad cut – harmonies moving back and forth with ease, getting a little tweak on the chorus in a way that reminds us of moments from earlier singles by The Sheppards. "I've Been Tryin" is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Great work by one of the under-recorded harmony groups of the early 70s scene – a well-voiced, sweet-toned combo that could sing with the best, produced here by Van McCoy to perfection, on one ballad cut ("The Language Of Love") and one more strident groover ("I Got Love"). 7-inch, Vinyl record
One of our favorite tracks ever from Prince – an instantly funky, instantly catchy tune that never fails to blow us away with its dexterity! The jam sounds great, even after all these years – and it's backed by a non-LP cut, "Another Lonely Christmas" – in which Prince ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
2 stone killers from Archie Bell & The Drells – both of them in that tight and outta site groovy mode that graced their best early work for Atlantic! There's not as much hard funk here as on "Tighten Up", but the sound is somehow even richer – a swinging party kind of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record