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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.
An excellent hard-to-find track by Lyn Collins! "Me & My Baby" has a wonderful gospelly intro, similar to "Message to the Soul Sisters", which then leaps into a great groove with a nice hard soul hook! The flip has sort of a nice Muscle Shoals-ish sound, with some good ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
A nice little entry in the "Woman to Woman" answer song series – which was started a few years earlier by Barbara Mason and Shirley Brown. Lonnie pretends he's the man, listening in on the "Woman To Woman" conversation, and thinking about how bad an earner his woman is! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Harmony soul from the Chicago 70s underground – 2 nice tracks from the Newsounds, who may or may not be the same group that recorded for All Platinum around the same time. "Bet You Never Thought About It" is a nicely stepping tune with a bubbling Chicago soul groove – and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Stone-solid soul from the 2nd generation of the south! The track is a warm mellow number by King, sung to a girl who's leaving him, over great production at Malaco Studios – in a mode that would have made Otis Redding proud! 7-inch, Vinyl record
"Sexy Mama" is one of The Moments' best tracks ever! It's got a sweet slow funky groove, with a sound that really shows their association with Sylvia's production style. "Where Can I Find Her" isn't bad either, and has a nice sweet midtempo group sound. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Can music get any stranger than this – a steel band cover of the theme to "Jesus Christ Superstar"? The tune's actually pretty great – using the groove to roll home nicely in the middle, and vamping a lot towards the end with some nice changes on the steel drums! "Singer ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Rare 60s work from Brenner's Folk – a Spanish group who later changed their name to Pic Nic, and had a lot more success in that format! The style here is a bit folksy, but also recorded with a garagey style too – a nicely dark current that makes the male singer sound especially nice, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record