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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, 23 September 2009

" The McPeake Family " Fontana TL5214 (1964)

Although this album is actually entitled "Folk" it is a little more towards the general family music than a real raw folk album. This 1964 album is an example of the highly polished production that the McPeakes achieved toward the end of their existence as a family group.

Digitised here initially at 96k sampling and 16bit it was one of the albums I first did with the Edirol UA1-EX encoder (shown in the sidebar). I've waited for some years to actually finish this album as it did not really fit in with the current genre, but since a fan asked me if I could complete it, I restarted the work where I left off in 2007. One track (side 2-3) was very badly smudged with some sticky substance, and only just now have I recovered it to a reasonable standard after much serious wet cleaning.

Work is now finished on this LP

Side ONE:

Track 1. Brennen on the Moor
Track 2. Alabama
Track 3. Ballynure Ballad
Track 4. The Winding Banks of Erne
Track 5. Belfast Street Songs
Track 6. Out in the Ocean
Track 7. The Next Market Day
Track 8. Dumb, dumb, dumb

Side TWO:

Track 1. Banks of Roses
Track 2. Maggie Pickens
Track 3. Coorie Doon
Track 4. Buncrana Train
Track 5. On the Banks of the OBD
Track 6. Lament for Owen Roe
Track 7. Jute Mill Song
Track 8. Ducks of Megherlin

Side A Download HERE

Side B Download HERE

Password for RAR is gonzoMCPF

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Stan Hugill Reminisces: Greenwich Village (1979)

Shanties and stories of life under sail Greenwich Village label 1979.


This album was ripped by me about 7 years ago, at that time I made a CD of it, up until now I completely forgot it, only to discover it at the back of a CD draw, here it is now as 192k MP3's complete with the cover scan. The original recording was made at the Herga folk club in 1979, and is only available on vinyl to date, not like some other of Stan's work that have been graced with the honour of being place on a CD. If you want to find out more about Stan, his life, his writings and his music I recommend the web site

Download HERE

Password for the RAR file is gonzoSTAN