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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?

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Bud Freeman (1906 - 1991) Rare Quartet LONDON (1966)

I have completed the restoration of this album, the quality is not up to that of the direct cut LP's from Chris Barber but considering it's age it is pretty fair, there is a little roughness in places, but still warrants the 320k 24 bit digitisation.

I cannot find any reference to this LP having ever been issued on CD, so it is presented here as an interesting
example of Bud's work with a small group, in what seems to be his first visit to England. The record has it that later in the 70's he appeared here frequently, in fact he lived in England for some years before returning to the USA.

On this Album Bud plays alongside British musicians recording in London's Marble Arch Fontana Studio.

Bud Freeman: Tenor Sax
Spike Heatley: Bass
Dick Katz: Piano (Ex member of the Ray Ellington quartet)
Tony Crombie: Drums


Side One:
01/1 ; Sweet Sue
01/2 ; Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
01/3 ; Indian Summer
01/4 ; Higgins Said No
01/5 ; Mean to Me
01/6 ; Tea for Two

Side Two:
02/1 ; You Took Advantage of Me
02/2 ; Dinah
02/3 ; The Eel
02/4 ; Sunday
02/5 ; I Could Write a Book
02/6 ; I Got Rhythm



In order to gauge the level of interest in this album I would ask anyone interested to post a comment mentioning this album, your comment will be forwarded to me, I will post the password to open the RAR file to your EMAIL address but PLEASE disguise it by adding spaces between some letters and using "a t" instead of the usual symbol, also break up any . c o m  or . n e t  extensions.

This is NOT a spam email gathering exercise. Googlemail is pretty hot on spam prevention, but still too much is getting through so I have removed my email address from posting.


pimpon said...

Llevo toda la mañana escuchndo este maravilloso disco. Genial. Un disco recomendable para escuchar en cualquier momento.
Un sonido de "película"

Gonzo said...

Greetings pimpon,

Estoy contento que usted quiere el álbum, yo oigo ahora que puedo estar disponible en CD de Japón y en estéreo también

Gonzo (with poor Spanish)

reynardine said...

Very nice - just the thing to listen to on a snowy afternoon...

aroonie said...

As a big Bud Freeman fan this is a real discovery. I thought I had everything he made in the UK but not this. So the pw would be greatly appreciated.

ramson said...

Bud Freeman (1906 - 1991) Rare Quartet LONDON (1966)

I wish listen this album, really like Bud Freeman.


the jazzman said...

I posted the other day. Don't see it here. May I have password for Bud Freeman

Gonzo said...

Sorry I had to remove the email address due to excessive targeted spam. So as not to expose your email address in a comment I have not allowed a few comments to be visable but your comments were noted, thanks!
to obtain the password please write to g o n z o r i p AT g m a i l. c o m

I am sure you all understand why the obfuscation is required..

Kai said...

This is the second thing I've downloaded from you, but I'm eyeballing a lot of other stuff. Thanks a lot.

Bhowani said...

bud freeman

Gonzo, I'm sending you my request !
thank you

cvllos said...

An excelent record; congratulations for your choice; I`ll write for you.

cvllos said...

Gonzo, I`ll try to send to you a mail about pw.

Anonymous said...

thanks Gonzo ... BFreeman London ... The Baron (VBIII)

Baron Von Bartold said...

Just this moment listen to tracks 1 & 2. Nice restoration Gonzo.

Album sounds good too.
Would have liked not-so-well-known songs ... can't have everything.

Just seen the Freeman w Roy Williams, must have that if okay w you.

Baron VB

Thinktoomuch said...

Amazing material. Bud Freeman, Dicky Katz...what a day!

Thinktoomuch said...
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grumpy said...

This was unknown to me and a pleasant surprise. Lovely sounding rip.

As a way of saying thanks I wonder if you've seen this. (From 1966 Jazz Journal)

chu said...


Thanks for the password! Bud Freeman early on had a unique style that wasn't based on Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young, as used to be the case with pre-bop tenorists. He was a giant and this rare quartet album was very nice, so many thanks for making it available!

Gonzo said...

@grumpy Thanks for that link, only just got around to finding your comment,some great info there about a unique player with a unique style
I hope others have enjoyed it as much as I did:

READ GRUMPY's comment FOLLOW that LINK NOW !!!

Gonzo said...

@ chu,
Yes totally different, easily recognisable, even in his formative years in the more "trad" stylings, "THE EEL" says it all though..

Jack said...

Bud Freeman (1906 - 1991) Rare Quartet LONDON (1966)

Thank you VERY much Gonzo (the great!) for the rip, the up and download and the pw.

Fine music from one of my favorite tenor men

jazzandylan said...

Hi Gonzo. I've had a second-hand copy of this for many years and look forward to hearing it in better quality - one of my favourite Bud Freeman LPs. PW would be appreciated. Cheers.

Gonzo said...

@ jazzandylan Did you email me for the password very recently? I could not match your nickname with any in your email !!

I hope my copy is better than yours, if not I will be knocking on your door...

Ryelands said...

A respectful request for the password . . .

There's some very fine music on this site - most grateful !!

dave_bruce AT ryelands-dot-co-dot YewKay

Should do the job . . .

Gonzo said...

You got it, so I hope I have it...
watch your email..

Eddie said...

Great player was Bud Freeman. Would love to download so password please


chriseddie at hotmail.c o m

Gonzo said...

I'm afraid your obfuscation was too good, tried combinations of your suggested address, all came back unknown?

Maulsmia said...

(I am Brazilian-do not speak English)

Amo Bud Freeman, ele tem a capacidade
sobrenatural de soar genial com apenas "meia dúzia de notas". Isto é surreal e muito, muito raro!

(the ability to make great music with a few notes. This is rare!
The other musicians looking to make lots of notes and can not make great music)

Please, Password!


Thank you

Gonzo said...


Indeed he did in reply to your comment

"I love Bud Freeman, he has the supernatural capacity of sound genial with barely "half dozen of notes". This is surreal and very, a lot rare! "

malieff said...

Hi, Gonzo!
Thank you for the lot! But I would like to listen ... what's the password?

Gonzo said...

Please read the other comments about obfuscating your email address, and post the obfuscated version here.

malieff said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Gonzo said...

Noted the email address, your comment deleted for security.

malieff said...

Thanks! Listened with great pleasure...

Robin said...

Just downloaded the file. Will be grateful if you kindly send me the pass. My gmail email is robinkelly2005.

Anonymous said...

great work you do!
might you please send me the PW for
Bud Freeman (1906 - 1991) Rare Quartet LONDON (1966)
f _ n a v r a t i l AT h o t m a i l . c o m
thanks very much!

amatheur said...

henerrquI don't know the music of Bud Freeman. The title of the article and the cover of the record intrigated me. Reasons why I wanted to have an ear to the music.

Robert Jones said...

Thank you for your work on restoring albums.Big fan of Bud Freeman and the like. Have you any Eddie Miller? Look forward to receiving pw

Gonzo said...

@ Robert Jones

If you would like to communicate me your email address I can send you the password !! Eddie Miller Nothing by him here.


Anonymous said...

Hello Gonzo.Your blog is very cool.

I want to listen Bud Freeman ESQ,so I'd like to send me pass.

Thank You!

By g-flo

Gonzo said...

@ g-flo

Anonymous said...

Hi Gonzo.

This is g-flo.

My mail adress is gfloffice a-t

Plese Send Me pass. Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sending pass.

Very good sound from LP and Relaxing mood music.

By your contribution, I came to like Bud some other time.

by g-flo

moha said...

unfortunately your link is dead :-(

danair said...

would love a reup of this one,grumpy pointed me to you ,thanks

Gonzo said...

NEW LINK in operation

Feb 16th 2013

BE QUICK Rapidshit are deleting and messing with files.

danair said...

Thank youso much for this can i please have the PW

Jorge Rubén Sosa said...

Hello Gonzo. Can give me the PW of Bud Freeman "Rare Quartet"?. Thanks and greetings from Argentina Patagonia.

Hola Gonzo. Podràs darme el PW de Bud Freeman "Rare Quartet"?.Gracias y saludos desde la Patagonia Argentina.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot !

Gonzo said...

@Jorge Rubén Sosa

Please give me an email address to send password... It WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED

Littlegirlblue said...

Gonzo, could you please send me the PW?