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Folk & Jazz fan, specialising in vinyl restoration. Although I would prefer to only post albums that I have paid for, or those of close friends, I am open to suggestions and offers of rare Folk items that need tender care and restoration, provided the supplier has the right of ownership of the physical item. NOT JUST an MP3 COPY of it. To give you an idea, I am prepared to restore vinyl belonging to another person, IF I receive a decent quality scan of the front, back and any relevant information that comes with the LP, preferably at least 2400 by 2400 quality, (600DPI scans for back) along with the sound files in FLAC format as waves are a bit too large to transfer. Then I will check their suitability for restoration. I try to maintain the requirement for a decent set of scans for each item, where possible, as I feel the music is incomplete without it. Sometimes this is just not possible as a lot of my stock came from broadcasting organisations that had their own heavy card sleeves, with information relevant to their prime function, that of providing the disc-jockies with basic details to pass on to listeners. I do wonder what happened to all the original artwork?

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Here Now!... Mara! (Australian World Music group)

Australian Group "Mara!", album "Images"

This amazing album has at last come to light after years of only having a poor tape copy, the LP has been
ripped, it is in rather poor condition, very noisy and will take considerable work to get it to a reasonable
listening standard.

Like most copies I have heard, the poignant "Past Carin'" track on this LP is also very poorly recorded, very quiet and suseptible to every smallest click & scratch, with some strange panning on the voice which makes conventional noise reduction very difficult. I will have to resort to largely manual methods to remove the noises, this means that there will be some time before any of it is available.

Tracks: Side One.

1. Streets of Forbes
2. Dance of Zalongou
3. Sadila Jana
4. Corpus Christi Carol
5. Nesa nesa

Side Two.

1. Little Duke Arthur's Nurse
2. Past Carin'
3. Sareni Carapi
4. Ajde Red Se Redat
5. Tropnalo Oro


Mara (Kiek): Vocals, Tapan, Darrabukka, Tambourine.
James Llewelyn Kiek: Bouzouki, Guitars, Electric bass.
Jim Denly: Flute, Denleyphone, Alto Sax, Darrabukka.
Mike Haughton: Recorder, Tenor & Soprano sax, Vocals.

Special Guests:

Danny Thompson: Double Bass
Terry Cox: Drum Kit
Paul James: Bagpipes (English), Shawm.
Paul Miller: Gaida.

Rip is complete now, with the exception of Side 2, track 2 which is just passable, but not as good as the other tracks

Music link HERE

Password for RAR is gonzokiek


Link to re-worked Streets of Forbes track HERE


Alan said...

. Hi Gonzo, thanks. I must say you really work hard at this restoration work. As a matter of interest how (briefly that is)do you achieve it and how long on an average does it take per LP

Gonzo said...

Thanks Alan for your comments, and your "watching" my blog, I was impressed with your blog, passing it on to a friend in the USA who is into Sheep and Scottish islands.

I have been asked by a few to define the procedures for LP cleaning, although there is much written on the subject, opinion on the best methods is divided, I intend to put together some information and links from a previous web site I was working on.

When time permits !! Talking of time, an LP can take from 2 to 3 times the playing time to clean if its almost unplayed and free from dirt and defects, up to weeks per single track if it is a poor copy, as many are.
I often draw the line at some point where the extra effort makes little improvement. Techniques and methods are always developing, so a re-visit of old work is often employed.

The time scales might go something like this: Play the LP assess the cleaning needs (50 mins listening time. If no wet washing needed, re-play the LP and make a raw digital recording, (50 mins + time to copy the raw wave file to the edit PC.
Scan the sides for clicks etc
often 5-10 mins per side, decide if manual de-click or auto de-click needed, Auto de-click takes around 5 mins pers side, manual can take up to 2 hours per side. So you can see, you dont complete many LP's in a day, add the cover scanning and the re-coding to MP3, tagging etc and the best result might be 2 LP's per day, the worse, a week or more for one.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gonzo

Do you have 1984 pre-Mara album released by Tansey's Fancy?

Take care

Gonzo said...

Re Tansy's Fancy, Yes, but only in MP3 format, neither myself or friend own the rights to it, so I can only suggest searching one of the P2P networks for a copy.

Anonymous said...

"Images" is one of the magical albums: Mara's voice, Danny Thompson's bass, the mix of Balkan, British and Australian material. Unfortunately it was a bad day at the pressing plant when the LPs were made. I have always wondered if I got a bad pressing back in the 1980s, or if all the copies were like mine, and I think you have settled the question.

So, as an owner of the original LP, I salute you sir!! I only hear two things which could be better, a few seconds near the beginning of "Streets of Forbes" and "Past Carin'", both of which seem victim of the odd panning effects. For the latter song, you've actually cleaned it up better than my memories. It was a real treat being able to hear this album again.

Readers, do not miss a chance to hear this rare gem!! This album has stayed fresh in my mind for nearly 25 years.


Gonzo said...

Thanks "RTJ" Yes this effect (already commented on) is an artifact of the noise cancelling process, too much and you get this phasing effect, too little, and surface or other noise become more evident, it's one of those little compromises that you make when trying to restore old vinyl, vinyl with a chequered history. Oh to have perfect original copies, only played once!! (that is ONCE before you rip it) 2nd & 3rd play always seemed better to me, another quirk of the "vinyl is better than CD" fanatics, not that I fall into that class (well not much)
I've been meaning to re-work the Forbes track for some time, but the "Past Carin'" is I fear almost beyond redemption, mine too was a 2nd hand (re-used vinyl) copy :-((

Gonzo said...

Further to my comments, it seems I have already completed another rip of "Streets of Forbes" dated 2 days after the original (19 Dec 2008)
Just forgot to update the post.

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