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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.
Additional Marks & Notes
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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.
A monster – one of the rarest singles ever by Walter Jackson, and one of the best! "Ad Lib" is a fantastic track – sad, slow, and really politically conscious – with a lyric that's almost Marvin Gaye-like in its social consciousness, and which ends with Walter speaking ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
"Memphis Soul Stew" is one of King Curtis' best-ever tracks, with a deep bassy groove, cool spoken bits, and a tight funky drum sound all the way through. Great stuff – and the kind of funky "hit" that we still dig year after year! 7-inch, Vinyl record
A very deep, very hard soul single! Big strings grace the dope groove of the intro, and give the whole thing sort of a Blacksploitation feel, then Chuck Bernard kicks in with soulful vocals, on a nice Chicago thing that's got sort of an early Leroy Hutson feel. 7-inch, Vinyl record
"Falling In Love" is a nice sweet soul cut with a slow tempo, and has sort of a Brunswick soul sound to it. We don't know much about these guys, and have never seen an album by them, so this might be the only track out there. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Wicked heavy funk – one of those obscure numbers that's always stayed with us! The track's got a jaunty little groove – started off by a stepping, scratching guitar – then rolling into a heavy vamp with a lot of organ on the bottom! The tune kind of cooks and bubbles on its own ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
A classic if there ever was one – a seminal 70s soul track, covered by many, and featuring the classic "diamond in the back" line! Sad thing is, everyone always thinks it's Curtis Mayfield – but it's William, and even better than Curtis! Part 2 is a nice instrumental ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Monster funk – and one of the all-time great funky 45s! "Jan Jan" has this sinister mix of horns and organ that's never been duplicated again – one that pounds away for a very unique intro, before guitar twangs in and sets the whole thing rocking! "Girl From Kenya" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
A monster! The track's one of their best instrumentals ever – with a bouncy jazzy groove that's really great, and with a horn-heavy blast that's been sampled many times over the years! 7-inch, Vinyl record
If you don't know "Deeper and Deeper" (and why not?), it's a fantastic soul cut with the sort of Leroy Hutson groove that Bobby Wilson did best. Vernon Bullock produced, and the sound is beautiful, with an excellent mid tempo groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Killer James Brown! This late King classic is done up in 3 parts – and weren't there only 2 parts on the LP? Even more of a reason to buy this funky 45. It's so hot, it goes all the way to part 3! That third part is the super-duper killer – done in a fast funk style that's so ... 7-inch, Vinyl record