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Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play,
but might detract from the looks.
May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be
intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under
the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record.
(Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
Possible minor surface noise when played.
Additional Marks & Notes
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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.
A real killer from Hammond hero Charles Earland – a record that stretches out as much as his studio gems for Prestige, but in a slightly different way! The band includes lesser known players like trumpeter Elmer Coles, alto player James Vass, and conga player Kenneth Nash – but they ... LP, Vinyl record album
1979 session recorded in Stuttgart, with Talib Qadr on reeds and the occasional vocal, Greg Brown on bass, and John Betsch on drums. Dollar Brand sings a bit himself, and on part of the record, he also picks up a soprano saxophone, which he plays with nice singsong lines in a matter that resembles ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic tribute to the great Polish soundtrack composer Krzysztof Komeda – recorded in 1972 for MPS records by a group of Eastern European modernists that were among some of his closest associates! Players include the great trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, who also plays piano on the set; ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great record by the Three Sounds – possibly most famous for it's legendary cover, which has the group's photos above a very stylish red "3"! The album's got a solid soul groove sound – tight piano in the lead by Gene Harris, and rhythm by Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky fusion from Jeremy Steig – still sounding pretty darn great here, although a bit freer than on some of his earlier albums. The great Eddie Gomez is still working with Jeremy here – which is one of the reasons the record sounds so great, as Eddie's bass work is deep and soulful, ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest 70s albums by the Isley Brothers – a set that has them playing live with a stripped-down group, in a manner that's similar to other live albums of the time by Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, and Bill Withers. The format is great, and really gets to the core of the Isley's ... LP, Vinyl record album
A mixture of funky jazz, soul, and disco – recorded with a host of studio players and a smooth jazzy finish. The record's trying to keep the groove going from Eaton's Instant Hip LP – which was quite a minor hit for him – and although we love the bassist as a jazz player, most of ... LP, Vinyl record album