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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.
70s album that compiles sides from 2 different Donald Byrd albums on Savoy – both from 1955, when Byrd was getting his start as a hard bop youngster, and both recorded with Frank Foster on tenor, Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Tracks are long, with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early guitar from Charlie Byrd – a lot more jazz than some of his later records! The group's a quartet – with Tom Newsom on flute and tenor, Al Lucas on bass, and Bobby Donaldson on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
LA bebop jam session material, featuring two long tracks recorded live in the city of angels! The sides give us a great picture of the kind of lively cutting jam sessions that were ripping through the Central Ave scene of the old days. Players include Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection of Gene Ammons' work that doesn't always get as well remembered as his sides for Prestige or Chess – late 40s bop recordings for Savoy, done in a wonderfully full-voiced tone! The set features Gene's classic "Red Top", plus the great two part "Big Slam", ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set that brings together Fats Navarro's recordings for Savoy – late 40s sides that were always poorly packaged and annotated on record, which are compiled here wonderfully, with great notes, and a few unissued tracks! Players include Leo Parker, Kenny Dorham, Sonny Stitt, Ernie ... LP, Vinyl record album
This is the kind of classic jam session material that became Savoy's main focus after the moved from making bop 78's to making longer LP sessions. The formula is simple, but effective: take a number of crack bop-era players, and let them run loose on long tracks that give them lots of room to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vintage vibes from Cal Tjader – rare non-Fantasy work of the 50s, with either Hank Jones or Richard Wyands on piano! Don Elliott plays vibes too – and a bit of trumpet and mellophone – and each artist gets a side of the record. LP, Vinyl record album
Bill Harris, Joe Wilder, Bobby Jaspar, Pepper Adam
A cool chapter in the Savoy Records blowing session scene of the late 50s – an unusual group with Bill Harris on trombone, Bobby Jaspar on tenor, Joe Wilder on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Eddie Costa on piano, George Duvivier on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Billy Ver Planck handled ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful – simply beautiful – one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pure genius from the B Baker Chocolate Company – a set that's equal parts fusion and soul, held together by these rich arrangements that really send the whole thing home! The album's never too slick, yet has a sense of perfection that matches some of the best soulful fusion dates at Blue ... LP, Vinyl record album