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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.
A key album in the career of Richard Groove Holmes – his first session ever for Prestige Records, and the one that yielded the monster crossover hit version of "Misty"! The sound here is much leaner and cleaner than Groove in his Pacific Jazz years – a tight trio approach ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Shirley Scott's best records on Prestige (and in fact, one of the few really good ones). Shirley plays a bunch of Horace Silver compositions like "Moon Ray" and "Senor Blues", and the set's got a nice spiritual feel to it, without the hokiness of some of Shirley's other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Another one of Freddie's tight soul vibes records for Prestige, with a lot of good cuts that have a rollin' soul instrumental sound to them, and a band that includes Wilbur Bascomb on trumpet, Wally Richardson on organ (?), and Joanne Brackeen on piano. The title cut's the standout track on here, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Moody bit of electric stuff recorded by Eric Kloss with the Miles' (then) rhythm section of Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. The groove is very open ended, as you'd expect from these guys at the time, but Kloss is right in the pocket with his sharp solos on alto and tenor. Tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
A growling set of organ jazz tracks, played by Don with a tight trio that includes David Fathead Newman on flute and tenor. The set includes a great version of James Moody's amazing "Darben The Redd Foxx", plus the tracks "Head", "Mellow Soul", and "Hump Snapa ... LP, Vinyl record album
A mellow trio session – Shirley on organ, George Duvivier on bass, and Art Edgehill on drums – done in the moody, loungey style of most of Shirley's work as a leader for Prestige. There's nothing here that's going to hit you over the head, but the album does have a really solid feel ... LP, Vinyl record album
A monster – and Charles Earland's second album for Prestige, the follow-up to his groundbreaking Black Talk album! This set's as great as that classic set – a tight batch of groovers that features Earland's Hammond work right out front, grooving away in a soaring, exploratory style ... LP, Vinyl record album
Charles Earland did the funky score for this obscure Kung Fu movie – and it's one of his best albums of the time! The lineup includes a lot of the great players that were helping him on his mid-70's stuff – Eddie Henderson, Dave Hubbard, Patrick Gleeson – and the groove is deeper ... LP, Vinyl record album
A monster – and one of the best jazz funk albums ever on Prestige! Rusty Bryant blows his top off on this one – taking his tenor stylings out of the more staid R&B mode of earlier years, working with some younger heavy funk jazz players to craft a brilliant album of long searing ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the best blowing sessions on Prestige – and proof that Kenny Burrell could hit a nice groove when he wanted to! The record is a very open-ended set, and players include Burrell, Donald Byrd, Frank Foster, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor. Side one features a great long ... LP, Vinyl record album
Killer funkiness from Boogaloo Joe Jones! Grover Washington Jr makes an incredible appearance here – sounding much harder and heavier than on some of his Kudu recordings – more of a gritty soul jazz player, working beautifully alongside the sharp guitar of Boogaloo Joe Jones, and the ... LP, Vinyl record album