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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.
An amazing early album from Billy Paul – the start of a rich career of sophisticated soul, and a record that really put Paul on the map right away – making him one of the most soulful interpreters of song in the 70s! There's a mix of modes going on here that's a bit similar to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Not one of their most classic Philly LPs, but still a nice batch of soul tracks with the usual perfect Gamble-Huff production, and harmonies that definitely go the distance! Tracks include "What Am I Waiting For", "Give The People What They Want", "Rich Get Richer", ... LP, Vinyl record album
The O'Jays keep on going strong – hitting a smooth mellow Philly vibe that takes them away from the style of their mid 70s hits! The sound here is a bit more uptempo than on the previous album So Full Off Love – but the group are still also really using the time to explore their ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the harder to find albums by this great east coast group from the 70s (actually, they're all pretty hard to find), and a nice batch of smooth group soul cuts with stunning late Philly production. All the usual hands are in the mix – Gamble, Huff, and Dexter Wansel – and the ... LP, Vinyl record album
An album that makes us think that after marrying Kenny Gamble, Dee Dee Sharp seemed to inherit his smooth Philly soul style as part of the family – as her records for Philly International are head and shoulders above her earlier work as a girl singer in the 60s! The record has a cool ... LP, Vinyl record album
A weird record for Philly International to put out, and an obscure bit of righteous political poetry with funky backing, in the vein of Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, or Wanda Robinson. Jean-Claude T delivers a number of short cuts like "Nude and Next To Nature", "My Moms and ... LP, Vinyl record album
An Italian album released by CBS – compiling Philly International tracks by Three Degrees, most of them stormers, in that strong pre-disco mode that the girls were working in. Music is by MFSB, arrangements are by Philly maestros like Bobby Martin and John Davis, and titles include "TSOP ... LP, Vinyl record album
A stone Philly classic – and a record that gave the world one of the most positive, upbeat tunes ever! The team of McFadden & Whitehead were not only one of the best songwriting duos in the Philly International stable – they were also a great soul combo who really knew how to work ... LP, Vinyl record album
The album that they recorded after the one with "I'll Always Love My Momma". This one tends to get obscured by that one, but it's got some great material by this always-strong group. Besides, this was recorded at Sigma Sound in '74, so you know the Gamble and Huff production (with help ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groovy female club tracks – with George Clinton producing, and funky horn arrangements by Fred Wesley and the usual crew. A bit more uptempo than regular P-Funk material, but with some nice moments, nonetheless. Tracks include "Wolf Tickets", "I'm Mo Be Hittin' It", ... LP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic first album by one of the most unique funk groups of all time! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who'd emigrated to England in the 60s, eventually meeting up ... LP, Vinyl record album