This image is a general representation of the album cover, but the actual product may differ slightly in terms of color shading, logo placement, borders, or other small details. If the item offered is a used, second-hand item, please note that there may be some cosmetic differences as well.
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 Sequence singles, with the classic old school live-in-the-studio feel to the vocals and the early Sugar Hill backing band throughout the 8 minute track. Plus some added verses from Spoonie Gee. 12-inch, Vinyl record
"Step Off" may not have been as big of a hit as other work from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – but the cut's a great one nonetheless, with a darkly dipping "For The Love Of Money" bassline that's totally great! The O'Jays must have winced when Furious Five ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Follow up the Grandmaster Flash classic. The best version here is the instrumental. A dope early 80's electro/breakdance track. The Melle Mel verses are nice enough, but the Duke Bootee lyrics are not quite up to the original. 12-inch, Vinyl record
A classic from the late 80s school! "Strong Island" is a straight-up masterpiece – with laidback rhymes, incredible beats, and punchy samples – a triumph of period hip hop craft if there ever was one! 12-inch, Vinyl record
We've never held up Rob Base as anything more than he was, a commercial rap act, who managed to cut a couple of nice crossover tracks, that still sound good today, even if they weren't all that groundbreaking. As you'd imagine, this single makes good use of Maze's hit "Joy & Pain". 12-inch, Vinyl record
The cut here is the "Hobo Scratch", the dub/scratch/instrumental version of "She's Lookin Like a Hobo". Definitely up there with one of finer breakin tracks – all the right elements without some of the more goofy vocal effects of some other electro tracks. (We won't ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
We're not gonna say we didn't like the earlier Arsonists singles, but on this one they definitely step up the production. The sound is similar, but they move just a little bit to move from the crashing-beats sound to a sort of off-balance musical sound. 12-inch, Vinyl record