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?
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.