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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, 28 December 2009

One Year on .. "The Catsfield Steamers"


Please see HERE for an update
Shirley Collins MBE presented
with a floral gift.

"The LollyPop Man" Jim Causley

The Lollipop Man

Chorus: trad. Verses: © Jim Causley,
Paul Wilson & Marilyn Tucker 2007

Oh the lollipop man has a great big stick
And all that he charges is a penny a lick
And he gets it out whenever he can
He’s a dirty old devil is the lollipop man


Who is this with his spurty spout?
A dribbly cone, you can suck it all out
And a knicker-knocker glory, it’s the ice-cream man
But he cannot hold a candle to the lollipop man


Who is this with his grimy sack?
You can have it up the front or he’ll shove it round the back
With his sooty old nuts it’s the dirty coalman
But he’ll never hold a candle to the lollipop man


Who is this with his long stiff brush?
He rams it up the flu with a shove and a push
And he doesn’t give a toss; he’s the chimney sweep man
But he’ll never hold a candle to the lollipop man


And who is this with his floppy mop?
It’s long and it’s wet with a foam on top
Well he’s squeaky clean; it’s the window cleaner man
But he’ll never hold a candle to the lollipop man


Who is this with a silver top?
It’s nothing that a little blue-tit can’t pop
With his manly jugs it’s the creamy milkman
But he cannot hold a candle to the lollipop man


And who is this with his petticoats gay?
Powder puff and curly wig and lingerie
Well it’s old Mollybags, neither woman nor a man
But she’ll never hold a candle to the lollipop man


Who is this taking down your draws?
He never ever shoots and he seldom scores
Well it’s never jackpot with the Littlewoods man
And he’ll never hold a candle to the lollipop man


To reveal the next verse, drag your cursor over the text to highlight it

Who is this with the long bent fruit?
He peels back the skin and he slips on his suit
Well his real name’s Eric, he’s Banana Man
But he’ll never hold a candle to the lollipop man

(A Little humour for 2010, hope you don't mind Jim?)

You can hear Jim singing this hilariously funny track on

The Mother of all Morris, 2007 Talking Elephant Records
MORRIS samples

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Artist links for more information


I have added some resource links to the artists and groups displayed in the sidebar, just roll your mouse pointer over and click to be taken to the resource (Links OK at 12.2009)

Johnny Dickinson (Guitarist) Revealed at last !

My thanks go to an anonymous visitor that correctly pointed out that
my picture (see side bar) of Martin Simpson was really
Johnny Dickinson. Armed with this information I have now located
the Sidmouth program for the year 2004, this was the Golden Jubilee
(50th year) for the Sidmouth International Festival.
Johnny appeared for an afternoon concert at the Bedford Hotel and
stunned us all with his skill and style.

Johnny, if you read this, sorry to have confused you with another master of the Guitar.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

"TIME and TIDE by Faraway Folk" 1972


I saw this album posted on another blog a few years ago, ever since, I have wanted to get a copy.
A friend has had this in his collection for years and only a chance conversation about West Country folk artists brought it into the conversation. We played it and it was pretty rough, so the wave files have been sitting here in the archive just waiting to be looked into, well before I started my archive blog, so now the time has come to do some serious work on it.

This is the 2nd album by the Faraway Folk, dated 1972 on the RA record lable from Paington Devon (U.K). I have never found this on CD, I'd guess it is too far off the beaten track to be considered worthy of a re-issue, but we can hope.

The cover picture is of the "Charlotte Rhodes"
(Owned then by Capt' AJB Mackreth)

This ship was used in the BBC TV series
"The Onedin Line" if it looks familiar.

Restoration is now completed as far as it goes

Tracks.
Side ONE:

1. Melanie
2. Seasons of Time
3. Rue (a version of "Let no Man Steal your Thyme"
4. Sinner Man
5. Vanishing Age
6. Got No Time

Side TWO:
1. Faraway
2. Lady Waiting
3. Lowlands
4. Summer Time (George Gershwin)
5. Good Time Charlie
6. Time you old Gypsy Man

Artists:
John Turk: Mandolin, Vocals
John Hartshorn: Kazoo, Vocals
Jon Eden: Bass
Nick Ramsey-Whale: Drums
Tony Waldron: Electric Guitar
Roger Hodgeson: String Bass
Clive Powers: Flute
Shirley Turk: Vocals, Finger symbals, Xylophone, Kazoo
Judy Whittington: Vocals, Tambor, Recorder, Washboard.

I find it quite difficult to fix this album in one genre, it is traditional
Folkie, Rocky, Country all in one
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have done, being exposed
to the innermost workings of the tracks many times over,
I find myself wondering HOW I missed this the first time.

Updated January 2010

Five tracks of side two are now completed, but as is often the case
the second side is much worse than the first, the last track has
defeated me for a while so I've uploaded the second side without
track 6 for the moment, I will re-visit the last track at a later date
and work on the 20,000 plus tiny clicks & scratches (Yes that many)
I think this LP was stored in a bed of fine sand !!!

For more info on the formation and history of FARAWAY FOLK see HERE 
and for this restored album  Download Here

Thursday, 17 December 2009

**** Seasons greetings to all visitors ****

It is good to see the visit counter still getting hit well, and the new widget that shows where folks visit from and how they came is really interesting to watch.

2010 looks like being a lean year for ripping, my stock of un-cleaned LP's is running low, and Topic are re-issuing so many that I already did, which is good for the music's sake, but makes the task of finding suitable material more difficult.

I hope you will all continue to visit both over this coming holiday period and in the coming year

Thanks for all your support and comments in the past year.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

One for the Jazz & Blues Fans: Toots Thielemans & Svend Assmussen "JAM" 1972

This is a superb album, demonstrates what quality was possible on a vinyl album. No restoration needed here, the album was new sealed and unplayed, this rip was done on the second play the first play was used to run the dust bug and remove any detritus from the cellophane sealing, very little in the way of de-clicking was needed.

Recording was done using the Edirol UA1-EX at 48kHz / 24 bit and preserved as a set of FLAC files, these being re-sampled to make the files CD compatible (44.1k) and finally Lame coded to 320k CBR Stereo.

Tracks:

Side A:
1. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)
2. Mr Nashville (Thielemans)
3. Vem Kan Segla Forutan Vind (Thielemans/Asmussen)
4. Yesterday & To-day (Thielemans)

Side B:
1. The Spirit Feel (Jackson)
2. Denise (Thigpen)
3. Blues on Blues (Thielemans)

Recorded STOCCOLMA 22&23-11-1972

Session Artists:

Toots Thielemans: Harmonica
Svend Asmussen: Violin
Kjell Ohman: Keyboards
Stefan Brolund: Guitar
Red Mitchell: Bass
Ed Thigpen: Drums

Music and Scans HERE

Password for the rar file is gonzoTTSA

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

"Broadside from Grimsby" Topic 12TS228 (1973)

Here is an interesting album with songs and ballads from the English county of Lincolnshire: Topic 12TS228 1973: This album was ripped by a friend of mine, Reynardine, I did a little edit on it and tidied up a bad track or two.

The Singers here were at the time all resident singers of the Grimsby Folk club, and the main organisers of same club. The Songs: Collected in Lincolnshire in the early part of the 20th century by Frank Kidson, Percy Grainger and Lucy Broadwood were later recorded on an early Edison-Bell phonograph, the first use of mechanical apparatus in Britain to record traditional music.

The LP back cover has comprehensive details of the song sources and some interesting historical facts about the songs and recordings.

Tracks Side One:
1. Seventeen Come Sunday
2. Lincolnshire Wedding Song
3. The Bold Grenadier
4. The Gardener and the Ploughman
5. Free and Easy
6. The Outlandish Knight (Small part of this track was bad, made Mono)
7. Caistor Fair

Tracks Side Two:
1. Dicky Turpin
2. Lisbon
3. The American Stranger
4. Maria Marten
5. The Poacher
6. Creeping Jane
7. The Banks of Sweet Dundee

New links Here

Monday, 7 December 2009

Dr Bowswer's Brown Bowel Oil Band (First album)


I thought I should re-run this original Dr Bowser's album, it appeared on the THTM blog first off, but for some while the link was dead. This is the original album, back in December 2008 I posted the follow up album to this one.

New link HERE