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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?

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Johnny Collins (Sea Shantee's) 1938-2009 R.I.P

Many of my visitors that have sampled the Johnny Collins albums in my collection will be sad to know that the man passed away in Poland in the middle of his tour of Europe and the UK.
There will be disappointed and sad shanty enthusiasts, and indeed singers of all kinds at festivals and folk clubs for the rest of 2009. Most noticeably of these will be the Workum Shanty festival held annually in the Netherlands, home of the famous "STRONTRACE" where barges of dried COW DUNG (Stront) are ferried in a race. Traditionally this was the real liquid & sloshy stuff being ferried from the grazing pastures to the bulb fields, but for health & safety reasons it is now DRIED. The records do not specifically state the precice ways that the original "Stront" caused deaths, but one can imagine a barge full of highly unstable methane generating natural waste could apply threats of all kinds, from de-stabilising the crafts attitude or its course, to just being something to fall into and drown.... Nasty End!!

I worry now because Johnny was only 1 year younger than me, and I'm still here (I think!!)

If you have not sampled Johnny's art, here are the links to the earlier posts on this blog.

Johnny Collins "Live at the HERGA" HERE

Johnny Collins "Strontrace" HERE

Johnny Collins "Private Army" HERE

Johnny Collins "Travellers Rest" HERE

Johnny Collins "Free and Easy" HERE

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