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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, 8 July 2009

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger (1976)

This is a rather rare Australian issue on the Larrikin lable, of an original Decca recording.

Tracks listed above:

This album is very noisy and well worn therefore there is much restoration work to do on it. Some tracks sound better in mono rather that stereo, making a stereo track with severe tracking distortion into mono tends to cancel the cross channel differences and makes it sound better, this is specially valid on solo or unaccompanied tracks where all that is lost is some ambiance.

I am considering posting the audio for this album in groups of tracks as they are completed, leaving the really bad ones until the end, in case better copies appear meantime. Progress so far is 5 tracks completed a mixture of side one and two. As I have found previously side two is worse than side one.

First upload will be of the following tracks:

Side One:
Track 1 Driver's Song
Track 2 Virginia Lags
Track 7 Chylde Owlet (Child #291)

Side Two:
Track 4 Edom 'O Gordon (Child #178)
Track 6 Freeborn Man

All these tracks are sung by Ewan MacColl track 1 and track 6 have musical accompliment
the solo tracks have been converted to monophonic sound to improve quality.
The Peggy Seeger tracks are really bad, for some reason the female voice is more affected
by the tracking distortion created by the well worn LP

I have a very large collection of MacColl-Seeger tracks and although some of the recordings on this LP are featured on compilations and re-releases, none is identical to the LP recordings.
Hence the Peggy Seeger tracks will be the last to complete and inevitably will be poor quality.

Set one tracks HERE

Password gonzoNTLP

Full scans in this second part, with two Peggy Seeger tracks, these are about as good as they get the rest are seriously BAD.

Side Two:
Track 1 Gonna Be an Engineer
Track 3 The First Time Ever
(the track that Ewan will be most remembered for as it made a No 1 hit for another singer)

Part 2 HERE

3rd Part Tracks
Side One:
Track 5 Forty Miles
Track 8 Last Chance (Instrumental)
Track 9 Drinking (Mono)

Part 3 HERE

Here for the Child Ballad collectors (part 4)

Side One:
Track 4 Halifor Band (Child #287)
Track 6 Harry Saunders (Child #87)
Side Two:
Track 5 Sweet Willie

Part 4 HERE

Final part 5

Side One:
Track 2 Sheet Mill Blues Peggy Seeger on Autoharp (Mono)
Side Two:
Track 2 Roy's Wife of Aldivalloch
Track 7 Big Man with Peggy, Neill & Alan (Ewan MacColl)

Part 5 HERE

Well that's another one in the can


Anonymous said...

Have you tried (literally) washing the LP. Distilled water and Isopropyl alcohol is pretty effective but there are proprietary solutions available, but extreme care is needed in drying and removing residue. When all else fails I play the LP wet with a thin layer of distilled water on the surface, but the LP is frequently then only ever playable "wet".


Gonzo said...

Oh yes, we go through a fairly lengthy cleaning session, using as you suggested distilled water, IPA and small quantities of detergent.
Fine soft brushes are then used to purge the grooves of any remaining particles. We never play wet, as find it does permanent damage from then on. This latest batch of LP's is really bad, years of ingrained filth as well as severe wear, either due to amount played or just a bad stylus. We always now concentrate on the physical cleaning rather than try to overcome defects digitally with editors, these are used only at the last stage to reduce the worst of the clicks and filter the resonant peaks caused by wear induced tracking errors.
I did once publish an LP cleaning guide, but like a lot of net material it vanished, I lost my master copy, and I don't really feel like doing it all again.
Thanks for your comments.

freebornman said...

Thanks a lot! Can't wait for other parts of this really rare album.

As far as I know many of these songs (Sheet-mill blues or Halifor Band or Harry Saunders) do not appear on any other album.

Gonzo said...

You give me inspiration to battle on, but you knew I would anyway, I'm just sorry the quality will not be up to what I have managed previously. Dregs is dregs I'm afraid and that is where we are getting now for the last 12 or so LP's in my collection.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff, especially in the light of comments you made about the poor shape of the original LP.

I was expecting bumps grinds and clicks along with the guitar chords. You seem to have done a really good job. Congratulations and thanks.


Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this one.