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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?

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Jon Raven "Black Country Ballads" (Vinyl 1975)

This is an interesting album of typical English "Midlands" songs a flash back to an industrial heart of England "The Black Country"

Side One

01/1 ; John Hobbs
02/1 ; Nine Times a Night
03/1 ; All Bells in Paradise
04/1 ; Brave Collier Lads
05/1 ; John Wilkinson
06/1 ; Wedgebury Cocking
07/1 ; The Funny Rigs
08/1 ; The Tommy Note

Side Two

01/2 ; The Nailmaker's Strike
02/2 ; The Jews They Crucified Him
03/2 ; The Brave Dudley Boys
04/2 ; Souling, Clemeny, Gooding
05/2 ; The Oxford and Hampton Railway
06/2 ; Perry's Croft Bull Bait
07/2 ; The Song of the Staffordshire Men


Jon Raven: Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer
Dave Oxley: Fiddle, bowed Psaltery
John Kirkpatrick: Concertina, Accordion, Melodeon
Mike Billington: Whistle, Bodhran, extra Vocals

As with all the recently ripped and cleaned vinyls, this one was done at 24 bit resolution and remains in this mode right up to the final encoding to MP3 at 320k (44.1k CD compat)

Download music & Scans Here 


freebornman said...

Once again I must say: this is awesome. Please, go on with your blog!

The Irate Pirate said...

thanks very much! very clean sound you've maintained.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this album. Bought it sometime ago via e-bay - I love Jon Raven's voice. One of the finest English folk singers I've heard. It's just a shame that so little of his work seems to be readily available. (like none of it in fact!)