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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, 31 January 2009

"Songs & Music of the Redcoats" Argo ZDA 147 (1971)

Another rare album on the Argo label, features artists like
Martyn Wyndham-Read, the Druids, Gerry Fox

The theme of the album was inspired by Lewis Winstock's book
Songs and Music of the Redcoats:
A History of the War Music of the British Army 1642-1902
Published by Leo Cooper Ltd, London 1970.

Progress on the restoration is slow, so will be some time before
any music is available. So I am completing it in chapters. The
quality of the rip is variable across the disc, none of it warrants
the extravagance of 320k, so I've used a medium VBR setting.

Chapter One:
The Civil Wars
1. The English March ~ John Gwyn's Air
(Band of the Scots Guards)
2. When the King Enjoys His Own Again
(Martyn Wyndham-Read)
3. When the Cannons are Roaring
(Keith Kendrick, John Adams, Martyn Wyndham-Read)

Chapter 1 HERE

Chapter Two:
4. Over the Hills
(Martyn Wyndham-Read)
5. Sergeant Morris' Song
(John Adams)

Chapter 2 HERE

Chapter Three:
Seven Years War
6. The Marquis of Granby
(Band of the Scots Guards)
7. The Girl I Left Behind Me
(Martyn Wyndham-Read)
8. How Shands the Glass Around
9. Hot Stuff
(Gerry Fox)

Chapter 3 HERE

Chapter Four:
American Wars of Independence
10. Grenadiers March
(Band of the Scots Guards)
11. Light Infantry Song
(Keith Kendrick)
12. Over the Water to Charlie
(Band of the Scots Guards)
13. Roslyn Castle
(Band of the Scots Guards)
14. British Grenadiers
(Band of the Scots Guards + Druids)

Chapter 4 HERE

Chapter Five:
Napoleonic Wars
15. Love Farewell
(Mick Hennessey)
16. One and All
(Keith Kendrick)
17. The Owl
18. The Rogues' March
(Band of the Scots Guards + Druids)
19. Sahagun
(Keith Kendrick)
20. Lochaber No More
(Gerry Fox)
21. Sodger's Return
(John Adams)

Chapter 5 HERE

I have now moved on to the second side of the LP and am finding as is
often the case that side 2 is more noisy than side 1, my theory for this
is based on two assumptions
1. the second side picks up dust from the turntable while side 1 is
being played.
2. the LP is left on the turntable side 2 up after being played
completely and gets dust falling on it, so on the second play...!!

Anyone have any theories of their own?

The work continues

Chapter Six:
22. Hey for the Life of a Soldier
(Band of the Scots Guards + Druids)
23. Paddy's Resource
(Band of the Scots Guards)
24. Cheer Boys, Cheer
(John Adams)

Chapter 6 HERE

Chapter Seven:
Indian Wars
25. Bang Upon the Big Drum
(Martyn Wyndham-Read)
26. Here's to the Last to Die
(Martyn Wyndham-Read)

Chapter 7 HERE

Chapter Eight:
Late 19th Century
27. Jolly Die Hards
(Band of the Scots Guards)
28. Colonel Burnaby
29. Connaught Rangers
(Gerry Fox)

Chapter 8 HERE

Chapter Nine:
South Africa
30. Roy O'More
(Band of the Scots Guards)
31. Razors in the Air
32. The Wagon Loafers
(Mick Hennessey)
33. Soldiers of the Queen
(Martyn Wyndham-Read)

Chapter 9 HERE

That completes the album sourced from two originals
a cassette tape of an original vinyl, and a vinyl, it is
very fortunate that the real bad tracks on the vinyl
were somewhat better from the tape. You may notice
some tracks have been made into composite mono to
help reduce the tracking distortion from the worn vinyl.

I am still looking for a better front cover scan and a rear
scan to complete the set.

For more information about Martyn Wyndham-Read
and the Songs & Music of the Redcoats visit Reinhard Zierke's
site HERE

General password for all chapters will be gonzoSOTR

For more info about the ARGO record label, its history and development check  HERE


Charles said...

I look forward to this!

pimpon said...

Thank you for this new contribution, I have desire of coming to house to unload it and to listen to it.
Up to(Even) soon (East text is translated by a translator)

Paul the Stockman said...

The first track on each side is usually the worst because of people trying to start the LPs players by hand (especially after a few drinks) and poorly calibrated players.

pimpon said...

Perfecto. tenemos el disco al completo.
Procedo a escuchar, mañana te comentaré.
Seguro que será otra de las maravillas que usualmente nos invitas a escuchar. Muchas gracias.

pimpon said...

De momento, los 7 archivos que llevo escuchando son un "encanto".
Una maravilla, merece la pena disfrutar escuchando este disco.
Deseoso de llegar a casa para escuchar los dos últimas entregas (la 8 y la 9)
Gracias, y muchísimas felicidades por esta joya musical.

Gonzo said...

My Spanish speaking is almost non-existent, but I have some reading, I guess Pimpon said:-

The first 7 files were charming to listen to so I can't wait to get home to listen to the last 2 postings (8 & 9) of this musical jewel. Thanks, happiness and

I am glad you enjoy then, sorry to take so long to complete, the task was considerable and had to take second place to looking after my partner, following her major operation.

Innocent Bystander said...

Well done - this is an excellent project. I last heard this album being played on a continula lop in the guard room at Fort George in Scotland (between Inverness & Nairn and near to Culloden.

Best wishes

Innocent Bystander

JT said...

You have done a fantastic job with excellent music. Many thanks from lot's of us I'm sure, well done!

cd_custom said...

I know this is old but do you still need cd cover art for this. I made customs and everyone loves them.

Gonzo said...

@cd custom

Well if you want to produce one, I'll put it up here as an example of your work.

Some downloaders may like to have a different one to the poorish copy I have.

Susie said...

Hi Gonzo, Thanks for restoring this, but please excuse my ignorance - how do I listen to it and can I copy it to a cd? Susie

Gonzo said...

Wow I've not been asked that question before!
Answer I think?
download each chapter (click on the links below each)
This will get you the compressed audio files for each chapter
Expand these (windows,linux or mac provide built in utilities)
This will give you the MP3 files
Open each with an MP3 player to listen.
To make a CD you need to convert each MP3 to WAVE files and burn these as tracks to a CD: (Citation needed here, ask someone who understands the procedure)