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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?

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Sound of the Cheviots "Cheviot Ranters" (1972)

Not a lot to say about this album really, except it is a classic DANCE
album. Authentic and informative notes are provided along with a
glossary of terms but for listening to, and of course cleaning and
editing, it is probably the most BORING album I have ever worked
Every number is of the same format in fact at one time I thought
I had done the same track twice. However it is highly regarded in
dance circles, as is the band, so ignore my comments, take a listen.

You'll get some set dances, Hornpipes, the odd Quick Step, Waltz
a Rant, and some Reels.


Bryce Anderson: Accordion
Jack Thompson: Fiddle
Denis Smailes: Drums
Phil Sutherland: Double Bass
George Mitchell: Piano


Side One:
01/1 ; Circassian Circle Part 1
02/1 ; Hornpipes
03/1 ; Washington Quick Step
04/1 ; Northumbrian Waltz
05/1 ; Morpeth Rant

Side Two:
01/2 ; Cumberland Reels
02/2 ; Corn Rigs
03/2 ; Waltz Country Dance
04/2 ; Drops of Brandy
05/2 ; Circassian Circle Part 2

Recorded 1971, issued on Topic 1972 (12T214)
So its mono, none of your actual stereo width or instrumental placement
which considerably detracts from the pure listening enjoyment of shutting
the eyes and imagining the band on stage. Therefore, even though it was
done at my usual 24bit sampling rate, the MP3's are only at 192k, this
is quite adequate for a true mono source and can be considered to
exceed that of a stereo 320k on a channel for channel basis.

Music Topic


Anonymous said...

The Cheviot Ranters : they sounded mono even when they were live!

(A fantastic band to dance to and lovely people)

Hearwax said...

Thanks for this Gonzo!, can't agree with your comments, but I appreciate your labour in cleaning & sharing.
Best for 2009!

Gonzo said...

I think the first comment justifies my comments about the sound of the band, but the rider describes what the band is really all about, its not a listening only band, you need to hear it with a partner in your arms from the dance floor.

reynardine said...

Once had this one - went with my first wife - not really looked for it since. As they above comments suggest, they were a great band to dance to at the time but on record there was just a little spark lacking. Then again - these records should not be lost. The youngsters have to learn from somewhere.

(Got two upstairs just back from a gig trying to steal all my vinyl - apparently Bob Davenport is a great favourtite in some circles - they all saw him recently in a pub in Newcastle and were completely blown away.)

Mo said...

Hi, would you or anyone know where i may be able to obtain the D'links' for this cool nostalgic album???Thankyou and reguards to your Groovy Blog!

Gonzo said...

Released by TOPIC as digital download.. see new link