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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.
A breezy bossa classic from Jobim – recorded in LA, in case you couldn't tell from the cover image that has ol' AC standing with his guitar in a Pacific sunset! The sound's got a nice easy finish – with arrangements by Deodato and Maestro Gaya that are very much in the spirit of Jobim's ... LP, Vinyl record album
The first (and maybe only) American release by one of the greatest Brazilian singer/songwriters of the sixties – and a record that's quite different than any Sergio Mendes work of the time, despite Sergio's name in the title! The vibe is like Lobo's best of Brazil from the late 60s – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A groovy bossa gem from the glory days of A&M Records – an ultra-hip group recorded with production by Sergio Mendes! The feel here is a lot like that of Brasil 66 – bossa rhythms, sunny CA instrumentation, and lovely female vocals – in this case sung singularly, by the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great bit of Brazilian jazz recorded by Airto, with Flora and Hermeto, for the Buddah label in 1971. Easily one of the greatest records he ever made, with perfect production, and just the right mix of Brazilian instrumentation and fusiony sounds. If you've ever heard one of his many weak albums ... LP, Vinyl record album
A strange mixture of styles for this enigmatic Brazilian keyboardist – and a record that has a bit of rock, a bit of classical, and an approach that you certainly wouldn't find from an American artist recording at the same time! Like a lot of Tiso's later work, this one has some moments that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brazilian pressing of one of Baden Powell's great Barclay records, and a nice bit of bossa guitar, with a small combo of drums, bass, and percussion – and Baden's firey guitar working away on tracks like "Chanson D'Hiver", "Choro Para Metronomo", "Samba Triste", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Spare European work from Egberto Gismonti – a set that's different than his fuller earlier work from Brazil, but still pretty compelling overall! Gismonti's playing here with a group of familiar ECM artists – mixing his own piano, guitar, and percussion lines with soprano sax from Jan ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest of all Brazilian soundtracks! This early gem from the Globo TV series of soundtracks features a sublime mix of easy, breezy, and funky tunes – all with that hip end-of-the 60s Brazilian sound we love so much! Arrangements are by Antonio Adolfo, Erlon Chaves, and Jose ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great album of samba tunes – with work by some surprising guests! The album's got a style that's both rootsy and more mainstream, depending on the track, and depending on the way the music is interpreted – and overall, the collection has a few numbers that really make it worth ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the first recordings done by Baden Powell outside of Brazil – and already an indication that his work with the European scene was a very good thing! The record has Powell upfront on guitar and vocals, but working with these great arrangements from arranger/trumpeter Ivan Jullien ... LP, Vinyl record album