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This is a grade we rarely use, as we try not to sell records
in very bad condition, though in some rare cases we will list a
record in such bad shape that it does not conform to the standards above.
A "Fair" record will have enough marks or significant flaws that it
does not even qualify as "Good", but is a copy you might consider
for playing, if you're willing to put up with noise and/or flaws.
An example might be a recording with surface noise so heavy that
it is equal to the volume of the music. For records listed as "Fair",
we will describe the extent of the condition in the comments.
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.
A brilliant bit of harmony soul – one of THE classics of the 70s! Sideshow's got a sad, slow feel – and is produced to mellow perfection by Norman Harris. Totally wonderful, and proof that a falsetto lead always wins out! 7-inch, Vinyl record
A classic early tune from Muddy Waters – one that might not have changed the world when it was released at the start of the 50s – but later gave the famous group their name! The tune's a wonderful mix of raw rural and early electric Chicago blues modes – spare, but extremely ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Two great soul sides from Eddie & Ernie – heavy hitting work that's really beyond compare! "Bullets" was recorded in 1972, but never issued at the time – and is a tightly funky number with a really romping groove – one that seems to make the duo's vocals cook even ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Two totally excellent cuts by the second version of The Bar-Kays – both with a super-dope vocal soul style that's more fitting of the Dramatics! "You're The Best Thing" isn't the famous female soul song, but a different cut – with great guitar behind some stellar harmonies! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
A great one by Jimmy – one of the best under-discovered soul writers of the 70s! The track has a stone mellow sound, with a great message delivered in a very heartfelt vocal, backed by some warm arrangements written and produced by Jimmy himself! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sure, it was mis-used crazily in the Central Park case, but "Wild Thing" is still one of the greatest pop hip hop crossover tunes from the end of the 80s – a cut that still has no trouble getting a party started! 7-inch, Vinyl record