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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?

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Jazz restorations "The Frog Island Jazz Band" (1970)

Here is an interesting restoration of a 1970 Trad Jazz group from Burnham Bucks.

The Frog Island Jazz Band, Burnham, Bucks, December, 1970


I'm going away
Come on and stomp,
Mandy Lee blues
Sobbin' blues
Mabel's dream
Buddy's habits
Where did you stay last night ?
Kansas City stomps
Jazzin' baby blues
Merry makers twine
Chimes blues
Froggie Moore


John Whitehead (cnt)
Ray Joughin (tb)
Bernard Winfield Stutt (cl,as)
Keith Durston (p)
Dave Price (bj)
Rob Fullalove (tu)
Chris Marchant (d)

LP: Stomp (ROBB004)

Recorded by John.R.T Davies

John.R.T. Davies should be known to all jazz fans
as the man behind so many restored recordings, also
a musician himself, played mainly brass instruments
with Ken Colyer, Mick Mulligan, Sandy Brown, then
part of the popular "Temperance Seven" band in the
60's & 70's. John's main nickname was "ristic" but
in the "Temperance" he was called by the rather odd
name of John Yusef (RT) Davies-Smith, believed to
be because of his dressing in an Arab Turban  Fez for a
recording session.

Although the picture would suggest that this album
is available on CD, as far as I know it is not, the cover
picture was created by me from the LP artwork, not
in very good condition sadly. The music is far better
after some careful restoration.

It is rather fitting that a recording made by "Ristic"
should need restoration, it has been my pleasure to
do this task in a similar spirit to that which "Ristic"
employed, though I will admit to using modern tools
something that John shunned for most of his work.

Please note: The last track has some seriously bad
tracking distortion, not uncommon on the last track
of an LP side, what you have here is best possible.

Music Here

Password for Rar file = gonzoFIJBS


chu said...


This was really retro (more so than the usual British trad) with tuba and all. Thanks for this rare album!

Gonzo said...

Thanks for your comments "chu" I was begining to wonder if anyone has downloaded this album, as you see, yours is the first comment..

If you like this sort of music, the style that is, you might like to consider usenet as a good source.
one Dick Baker is a master restorer of the Stomp lable and other vinyls
he has provided many similar albums, in fact I think he also did a copy of this album, don't think he has any blog visibility though, now that would be a blog I'd definitely live on!!!

aroonie said...

"Jazz restorations "The Frog Island Jazz Band" (1970)"

Just found it and many thanks. Definitely more musical than a lot of trad including the revered Ken Colyer. Good tunes and well played. Btw, JRT Davies' nickname came about not because he wore a turban but because he wore a fez while playing the trombone. There are pictures of him around.

Gonzo said...

@aroonie I am sure you are right about the Fez, I guess that is what I was thinking of at the time, a kind of "Tommy Cooper" hat with a swinging tail !!

Baron said...

Thanks Gonzo for the Frog ... Baron

Careful Aroonie I'm from the Colyer camp.

Gonzo said...

@Baron & Aroonie

Stop fighting you two, it's all great music, even if SOME regard it as "Mouldy Fig" music...

ChrisW said...

A lovely set of real traditional jazz. I found your site when hunting for a cover image from an old folk LP I'd ripped to my PC(When Sheepshearing's done). I could have saved a lot of trouble if I knew you'd already done it!