Thanks to fellow Blog owner


About Me

My photo
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?

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Jumbo Brightwell "Songs from the Eel's Foot" 1975

I've had this album in a plain brown radio station sleeve for ages, only recently have I come across someone with the genuine original cover. This means that the restoration work done can be put to good use, the rest can be put into top gear to complete the set.
Some of the tracks from this album have appeared on the odd compilation but I have never seen a complete release on CD, so the work continues. Still quite a lot of restoration to do, this set is better than the Ewan MacColl album I just finished.

TOPIC Lable 12TS261 1975

Some tracks are made into mono to reduce the wear induced distortion, as most are solo singing this procedure is valid, it produces only a loss of ambience.

Side One tracks:
1. Flower of London
2. Derby Miller
3. Loss of the Ramillies
4. Green Mossy Bank of the Lea
5. Blow the Candle Out
6. Bold Princess Royal
7. Newry Town

Side One music and scans DEAD LINK - HERE

Side Two Tracks:
1. Indian Lass
2. Muddley Barracks
3. False Hearted Knight
4. Lost Heiress
5. Down in the Fields Where the Buttercups Grow
6. Rambleaway
7. Life of a Man.

Some love stories here on the usual theme, Boy meets Girl, romance is broken by call of duty or the deceitful actions of one party (False Hearted Knight, Child #4 ). Sometimes it's saucy, the Bee down the dress, even a little ribald, the bow legs and the barrel. (Down in the fields). The inevitable outcome (Rambleaway), finishing with a mournful tale about the short life of man.

Side Two music DEAD LINK -HERE

Password for both is gonzoFTEF

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

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