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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.
Supremely heavy work from organist Leon Spencer – one of his classic jazz funk sessions for Prestige Records, and a record that shows him opening up his sound a bit more than before! The album has Spencer working in a few different lineups – some with small groups that feature Melvin ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lockjaw and Griff were a mighty team together – and their records from the 60s cook with incredible intensity. This classic album, part of a few that Prestige recorded live at Minton's in Harlem, is a very tasty session of jamming – featuring 4 long tracks, all with incredible two-tenor ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest albums ever from vibist Freddie McCoy – and that's saying a lot, given the rarity of most of his records! The set's got a cool sort of Eastern bent – as you might guess from the title and cover – a bit in an MPS jazz-meets-world mode, but with groovier soul jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
3 LP set from the 70's that brought together the live set that Dolphy recorded with Booker Little at the 5 Spot, which was floating around on separate discs before this. This set's got a handsome box around the discs, and brings the whole classic performance into focus – a task that's a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of material by Tadd Dameron – and one that still stands as one of his greatest moments! The record features 5 long readings of classic Dameron compositions – like "The Scene Is Clean", "Fontainebleau", and "Delerium" – all played by ... LP, Vinyl record album
A much better record than you'd expect from the somewhat cheesy cover – one of Duke Pearson's funkiest sessions ever, and a hard swinging big band set with a great late 60s feel! The group is all-class all the way – with players that include Pearson, Bob Cranshaw, Mickey Roker, Marvin ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groove Holmes and Gerald Wilson – a wonderful combination on this late 60s session – in a style that's everything great about mainstream LA jazz at the time! Wilson really has a way with the charts on the session – and although the group is large, they've got a lean, clean sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Although Monk and Mulligan are about as unlikely a pair as you could ever imagine, this beautiful recording by them works amazingly well. Monk's off-kilter piano leaps around Mulligan's smooth baritone, creating a weird tapestry of sound held down by Wilbur Ware's great bass playing. Although the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from Reuben Wilson – one of the last great organ players to emerge from the 60s Hammond scene, and one of the hardest hitting cats at Blue Note during the funk years of the label! The album's a tight one all the way through – performed with a combo that has Idris Muhammad ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groove and Jug wail away in this classic set of tenor/organ tracks recorded for Pacific Jazz in the early 60s. The backing is spare, with only Gene Edwards on guitar and Leroy Henderson on drums, and tracks include "Morris The Minor", "Good Vibrations", "Hey You, What's ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of JJ's best from the late 50s – a tightly crackling hardbop set, recorded very much in the manner of his classic JJ Inc album! The sound here is a bit more compact overall – with some shorter tracks that really allow Johnson to display his keen sense of economy on his horn, while ... LP, Vinyl record album