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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?

Monday, 30 March 2009

*INFO* Requests for passwords on postings

When an item is listed here with a download "HERE" type link, the password for the .RAR file will be also included somewhere in the posting.

If the password is only available via an Email request to me  it means this item is in a special category, usually jazz, and I am interested in assessing the real interest in the posted item. This, I hope limits the casual "Download everything" type of blog reader from the count. If you require a password PLEASE leave a comment on the posting concerned, PLEASE mention the name of the album, or your comment may get missed. If you leave your email for a reply PLEASE obfuscate it like leaving spaces between letters, replace the "at" symbol with
"a t" and break up any obvious .name like  . c o m  or . n e t  this will make it less obvious to net scanners.

If you are worried your email address might be used in some form of scam, then don't request, even though I assure you that your details will remain personal to me only, and your message will be deleted once answered to avoid any miss-use by mail bombing bots that may infiltrate my gmail system.

If you do post a comment or a request on the item comment page, AGAIN PLEASE head your comment with the name of the LP or item so it may be located, comments posted months after the item post date, though allowed and visible, may not be easily found.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

** Here NOW ** " RAP - a - TAP -TAP"


A collection of Folky songs with a slightly um? Naughty flavour recorded by
Peter Kennedy in 1959 and 1960. It's all in the Mind though!!

Tracks:
01: Rap a Tap, Tap : A variation on the old theme, of knocking up a Woman for ??
02: The Bold Astrologer : Tell Girls Fortunes, but only if they "Go Upstairs"
03: The Tailor's Breeches : Attempted seduction goes wrong.
04: Monday Morning : Young girls desire to get married early.
05: The Bunch of Nuts : Liverpool story.
06: Blow the Candle Out : Another variation on the "lover calls on Lady" for ??
07: The Butcher and the Parson : Adultery and Wife Swapping
08: The Crabfish :Obfuscation
09: The Bosun and the Tailor : Another story of "Playing away" and hiding a lover.
10: The Friar in the Well : The Friar and his promises do him no good.
11: The Squire and the Chambermaid : The Squires cunning plan.
12: Rag Fair : Fun at the Fair with an unexpected outcome.
13: Young Ramble-away : Traditional story of love with the usual 40 week outcome.
14: The Sailor's Frolic : a Night's fun on shore, usual goings on.
15: The Sailor Cut Down : Result of a riotous youth
16: Whistle Daughter, Whistle : Daughter to Mother about her maidenhead (but sung by a man)
17: Chillbridge Fair : Buying "services" at the fair.
18: The Shoemaker's Kiss : Shoemaker attends to other ladies problems.

Recording is a bit basic at times, quality is not up to the usual expected, but considering it's sources were variable, different recordings made from 1959 to 1960 in mono, good listenable and copyable material. So don't complain, just listen and hopefully laugh and enjoy.

I still cannot equate with the "Whistle Daughter, Whistle" being sung by a man though, even if the verses are pretty close to the original score as I recall from my live recordings made of a couple of local girls that sang Peggy Seeger songs (Sydenham, London SE26) in 1960.

Music link Here

A Request from a Blog supporter ** Wanted **

Country Singers from the South.

If anyone has a copy of this LP's and can rip it so it may be posted here for everyone's benefit, please post a comment. I will restore anything received, provided it is in a reasonable condition, see my profile for details.. Thanks.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

"Tam Lin" Posted on THTM a de-noised copy


Because of the problems some are reporting downloading and decoding the upload by Cianfulli on Time Has Told Me blog, here is another link for you to try for my de-noised version of the album.

Thanks for the original upload, nice one!

Link to music HERE

Password for the RAR is gonzoTLIM

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Hooks & Nets **NEW** 24 bit rip

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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The "Catsfield Steamers" Dance band.


If you check back to late last year to the entry for the "Steamers" you will see I was waiting for permission to post some of the tracks from a TV/Radio themes LP produced for the broadcast industry by KPM, the situation is still not resolved, but to be going on with there are some samples from the "Steamers" double CD set "Why Dance" or of course (better still) you can
buy a copy.. (or three)

Check them out at their site