Al Wilson 45 titled "Help Me"/(same); Wand 1135, white-label promotional copy, 1974. Both sides sound in NM condition (I test-played the record entirely). Spirited northern soul instrumental on one side, vocal on the other. Slight fade wear on label.
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This item belonged to a former employee of the Columbia Records pressing plant in my home city of Terre Haute, Indiana, who worked on the Columbia record production line in the 1960s and '70s. Most (or all) of the wear on these records, if there is any, is storage-related, and not from play.
Play-grade definitions: NM (near mint) -- little or no surface noise. VG+ (very good plus) -- surface noise, but does not interfere with the enjoyment of the track. VG (very good) -- surface noise that is noticeable and whether or not it interferes with the enjoyment of the record depends on your level of tolerance. G (good) -- noticeable surface noise, at least some of which interferes with the enjoyment of the song. I will never list a record on eBay that skips or catches without noting that flaw in the description.
All my records are test-played in their entirety, unless noted. I usually do not list the visual grade for a record because of the highly subjective nature of the judgment -- the tendency for vinyl to sound much better or worse than it looks. I assume a buyer is more interested in a disc's sound than its look. But if you want a description of the playing surface (visual grade), please e-mail me and I will provide it. I can say that I get very, very few complaints about my play-grade ratings.
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