Scripting is disabled or not working. dustygroove.com requires JavaScript to function correctly.
Style sheets are disabled or not working. dustygroove.com requires style sheets to function correctly.
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Enlarge       Note

She's All Right/Sad Sad Day

7-inch (Item 859337) Chess/Third Man, 1953 — Condition: New Copy
(reissue)

A fantastic Muddy Waters track from the early 78rpm years – a tune that's got this unbelivable folding together of fuzzy guitar and hypnotic vocals – almost a trance-like take on Chicago blues, and proof that even at the start, Muddy was onto something new! "Sad Sad Day" is fantastic, too – with even wilder guitar work – of the sort that most folks might not have expected until the Hendrix generation, but served up with all the subtle touches that made Waters so amazing.  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Beautiful reissue pressing – even in a vintage-style Chess sleeve!)

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, 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:

Sealed

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".

Near Mint

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.

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Very Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
  • Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
  • Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
  • This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have some signs of use (although not major ones).
  • May have slight surface noise when played.

Very Good

  • Vinyl can have some dirt, but nothing major.
  • May not shine under light, but should still be pretty clean, and not too dirty.
  • May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play, but never a big cluster of them, or any major mark that would be very deep. Most marks should still not click under a fingernail.
  • May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well, with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song, but never throughout a whole song or more.
  • This is clearly a copy that was played by someone a number of times, but which could also be a good "play copy" for someone new.

Very Good - (minus)

  • Vinyl may be dirty, and can lack a fair amount of luster.
  • Vinyl can have a number of marks, either in clusters or smaller amounts, but deeper.
  • This is the kind of record that you'd buy to play, but not because it looked that great. Still, the flaws should be mostly cosmetic, with nothing too deep that would ruin the overall record.
  • Examples include a record that has been kept for a while in a cover without the paper sleeve, or heavily played by a previous owner and has some marks across the surface. The record should play okay, though probably with surface noise.

Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl may be dirty, or have one outstanding flaw, such as a light residue, which could be difficult to clean.
  • May have marks on all parts, too many to qualify as Very Good-, or several deeper marks, but the record should still be ok for play without skips.
  • In general, this is a record that was played a fair amount, and handled without care. A typical example may be a record which has been heavily played by a DJ, and carries marks from slip cueing. Depending on the quality of the vinyl, may play with surface noise throughout.

Good

  • A record that you'd buy to play, cheap, but which you wouldn't buy for collecting.
  • Will have marks across all parts of the playing surface, and will most likely play with surface noise throughout. May have some other significant flaws, such as residue, or a track that skips.
  • In most cases, a poor quality copy of a very difficult to find record.

Fair

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.

Poor

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.

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.


Used CD Grade

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.

When you purchase a Used CD you can expect the disc to be free of all but the lightest of surface marks, the case to be clean (we often change the cases ourselves), and the booklet to be in good shape. Used CDs may show some signs of use but if there are significant details or defects we will list them underneath the item — just like we do with LPs — so look there for notes on cutout marks, stickers, promo stamps or other details.

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.


You might be interested


Chess/Third Man, 1954. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe one of the most famous Muddy Waters songs ever recorded – served up here in all its fantastically raw glory! The tune's got Waters playing a famous electric guitar vamp that may well have become the blueprint for countless bar bands to come – but serving up the lyrics with a wit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Chess/Third Man, 1951. New Copy (reissue)
Killer early work by Howlin Wolf – a fantastic early single for Chess Records! "How Many More Years" has as much romping piano as fuzzy guitar – but fuzziest of all are the Wolf's vocals – which are superb! "Moanin At Midnight" is great, too – slower, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Edith Moreno/Helen Hollins Singers

Get Ready For Judgement Day/He Gave It To Me
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Edith Moreno really soars in the lead here – making "Judgement Day" a mighty gospel groover – working with strong backup singers, fast-riffing guitar, and a groove that's a lot funkier than you might expect – a fantastic mix of spiritual message and soulful clubby ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Star Creature, 2019. New Copy
Fantastic soul from Lucid Paradise – a group who work here with a soaring, joyous vibe that takes us back to the best underground club of the early 80s! The beats are contemporary, but the keyboards and group vocals are very old school – and the whole thing sounds like it came from ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Pepin feat Sauce81

Galaxy Drive (vocal, inst)
Star Creature, 2019. New Copy
Spacey electro club funk with an uncommonly soulful vocal! Lightly compelling beats, some expertly layered keys that feel come off as minimalist if you don't really listen and hear how deftly layered the are, and easygoing vocals by Japan's Sauce81, who could seduce us into a space trip any day. ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Nat Birchall

Tunji/Mode For Trane
Jazzman (UK), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
Tenorist Nat Birchall takes on the great Coltrane tune "Tunji" – a perfect fit for Nat, given how much spiritual jazz he's got in his music! The tune has a great modal groove – thanks to a quartet that includes John Ellis on piano, Michael Bardon on bass, and Andy Hay on ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
"Afrotheme" is a groove that definitely earns its name – as it's a fast-moving funky instrumental with a great bassline and lots of quick conga – then layered with riffing wah wah guitar, at a level that makes it feel like some lost "chase" theme from a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
CAM/Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The great title track to one of the best scores from Italian maestro Stelvio Cipriani – a tune that bursts out with funky drums that kick into soaring orchestrations, topped by this wicked female vocal from Olympia – whose singing style is as vibrant as the instrumentation! Edda Dell'Or ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Santa Maria Romitelli

Aldo E Ulla/Beat Del Panfilo
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two very groovy tracks from the score to the film Top Sensation – both of them great! "Aldo E Ulla" has snapping drums and this very cool organ – moving between melody and this cool squishy sound across the keyboard – all in a way that reminds us of the great use of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1979. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Always-great 70s music from Stelvio Cipriani – the Italian soundtrack maestro who got his start a bit later than some of his contemporaries, but followed through with a range of amazing sounds in the decade! This single brings together two of the best tracks from the film Bersaglio Altezza ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Melodies International (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet disco baby from Yaron Gershovsky – but a track that's also got plenty of funk in the mix too – from the tight horns on the top, all the way down to the bassline that keeps the whole thing moving throughout! The track's got these tight changes that are almost jazzy in inflection ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Jump Up, 2019. New Copy
A pretty sweet couple of Christmas themed tunes from The Uppertones – an Italian combo with a love for Jamaican soul and R&B! "Shake Hands With Santa Claus" is a cover of the Louis Prima tune, done in kind of stripped down boogie woogie piano mode that works really well – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 



⇑ Top