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Five full albums by the lovely Maysa – packaged here as a single set, with original artwork too! First up is Maysa E Maysa from 1959 – dramatic work from Brazilian singer Maysa – a set that's nicely balanced between two generations – the later, cooler modes of the bossa generation, and some of the more emotive styles that had come before! Maysa's rich vocal approach makes her a key talent in the latter mode – but the lighter elements on some tracks fit right in with the former – showing the full range of Maysa's talents in a record that really lives up to its title's promise of many sides of the singer! Titles include great versions of "A Felicidade" and "Manha De Carnaval" – plus "Viver Em Paz", "Recado", "Pela Rua", "Castigo", "A Noite De Nos Dois", "So Deus", and "E Dai". Also fetaures a few bonus tracks. Voltei is early work from the lovely Maysa – accompanied here by the RGE Orchestra, in a style that's a mix of bossa and samba modes! The recording is filled with lots of the bluer tones that set Maysa apart from some of her contemporaries – hints of the deeper emotion you might find in Brazilian singers of the 50s, but served up here with a lean quality overall – one that's much more in the spirit of the bossa generation. Instrumentation is often nicely creative – a bit of organ, a touch of tinkling piano, or occasional snakey clarinet line to liven things up – all elements that keep the album lively, even when the tone is a bit melancholy. Titles include "Dindi", "Qualquer Madrugada", "Meditacao", "Alguem Me Disse", "Carinho E Amor", "Voltei", "Vem Conmigo", and "Cheiro De Saudade". Canta Sucessos is a mix of samba numbers and more romantic tunes from Maysa – all recorded in that classic style she used for sides like this with the RGE label! The instrumentation's nicely light on some of the samba numbers – with hints of bossa scoring at points, and mixing that has Maysa's vocals right up front on most tracks. Mellower numbers have a bit fuller backings – some strings, but never used too strongly – and overall, the whole thing's still light years from US or European pop at the time, with an understated beauty that's really wonderful! Titles include "O Menino Desce O Morro", "Ri Samba", "Noite Chuvosa", "O Amor E A Rosa", "Estou Pensando Em Ti", "Um Novo Ceu", and "Diplomacia". Maysa Amor features Maysa doing what Maysa does best – singing a host of blue-tinged love songs, most of which have a pretty melancholy feel! The backings here are pretty great – often a bit leaner than Maysa's vocals, especially on the more upbeat numbers – which have an echoey, samba-based style in the rhythms, and some occasional organ lines that ring out in the background and illuminate things beautifully well underneath Maysa's lead. Some of the mellower numbers bring up the strings a bit more, but with an edge that's nicely unsettling, and quite far from mainstream pop – and titles include "Quizas Quizas", "Chorou Chorou", "Raizes", "Estou Para Dizer Adeus", "Chao De Estrelas", and "Murmurio". Cancao Do Amor Mais Triste features great arrangements from maestro Erlon Chaves – warm, round, and fluid – in a way that mixes leaner bossa rhythms with the more romantic styles of an earlier generation! Maysa's more emotive qualities are nicely kept in check by the approach – and her vocals her flow along beautifully with the blend of strings, piano, and percussion used by Chaves – all presented in ways that remind us a lot of Deodato's best full orchestrations from the same period. The whole thing's nicely compressed, and never overdone – and titles include "Favela", "O Amor Que Acabou", "Mil Flores", "Ah Se Eu Pudesse", "Round Midnight", "Fim De Noite", "Cancao Do Meu Amor", and "Agua De Beber". © 1996-2017, Dusty Groove, Inc.
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.
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:
This is what it says, that the record is still held fast in shrink-wrap. We tend to be pretty suspicious about these things, so if the shrink-wrap doesn't look original, or if the record seems to have undergone some damage over time, we'll probably take it out of the wrapper to ensure that it's in good shape — which is why we don't have more of these. In some cases the shrink-wrap may be torn in spots, but if it's not possible the record has been taken out and played, the record will still qualify as "Sealed".
Dusty Groove does not use the grades of Near Mint (or Mint, for that matter) because in our experience, we find that no records ever qualify for such a high grade. Even sealed records tend to have one or two slight faults, enough to usually qualify them for a grade of NM- or lower. We've often found that records which are clearly unplayed will have a slight amount of surface noise, especially in quieter recordings.
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.
Like "Fair", we rarely list records in this condition, as they represent the extreme low end of spectrum. These records typically have multiple serious problems, and we offer them as "relics" or "objects" only — for those who want to at least have a copy of a record, even if it is not really worthy of play, perhaps for the cover alone. For these records, we will describe the extent of the condition in the comments.
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.
We have only one grade for non-new CDs at Dusty Groove — "Used CD". This grade is somewhat all-encompassing, but we choose it because we try to offer Used CDs in the best shape possible. All of our Used CDs are guaranteed to play without skipping or flaws. If you purchase a Used CD from Dusty Groove, you have 1 week to play it to determine that it plays correctly — and if it does not, then you may return it for a full refund.
With our Used CDs, you can expect the disc to be free of all but the lightest of surface marks — clean, and not dirty at all. You can also expect the case to be clean (we often change the cases ourselves — putting fresh cases on Used CDs we handle) — and you can expect the booklet to be in good shape, unless noted otherwise. We will list any specific details/defects underneath the item — so look for notes on cutout marks in the case, stamps on the barcode, or details like that.