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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, 1 July 2010

Folk Music albums: Availability (original copies) Old restorations


The Folk music restorations have almost come to a stop  
Why?  Well many have been re-issued, specially the TOPIC label ones.  Most of my collection is from that stable so we face the inevitable confrontation over copyright issues,  such problems have plagued other blogs recently, the question at issue seems to be, who owns the copyright, are they likely to be re-issuing the album in question, if so when?  or are they the copyright holders and can see loss of sales if downloadable copies are made available for free?  Well to my mind if they are going to re-issue a specific album, then it makes sense to make it known, to spike up the interest in advance, this is what all the contemporary folk labels do, so why any different for a 30-40 year old re-issue?

With an album that age it is likely that two whole generations may not have heard the artists in question or even know of them.  In come the blogs, run by enthusiasts, lovers of the older music, prepared to spend time making their original copies available to others,  copies that the label owners just do not see any profit in re-releasing.  Blog owners do it for the sake of the music and making others aware of it's existence, thus increasing the potential demand.

Most major labels now are developing a digital download option, the decreasing demand for the music CD has forced it upon them,  so the mechanism is there for them to release more of the older material, not just the over-hyped and over-compressed popular CRAP, most of which could not really be called music anyway.

If you are a Folk collector,  take a look at what is offered, here are some
on-line catalogues.

Topic Records         
Veteran Records       

The first four links are via http://www.veteran.co.uk/  a site well worth a visit.

And THIS (link is now DEAD) interesting indie site for Topic digital downloads

So, if you wonder why the folk collection seems to have dried up, I can tell you it has NOT, it is just that so many of the tracks seem to be potential re-issues on various compilations, that sorting what to do is not just a question of looking for the particular album name, it goes much deeper, it goes to song and recording level now.  In addition as it is my policy to provide LP scans with a posting where possible, those without original covers (Ex-broadcast org) that have no recording information, no dates and no original copyright notices stand little chance or being sufficiently researched to avoid copyright problems.

There are about 20 such albums in my collection in this category, all need a serious restoration and a lot of time to get to a good listenable condition, so I do not want to post them and have to delete them quickly, I prefer to make them available as a private resource via peer-2-peer networks. That way only the real enthusiasts get them, and share them with real enthusiasts, not the

 
"If it's Free, I'll download it" 
general blog watcher.

Which is the reason that some special albums have passwords only available on email request. 

To be continued:

4 comments:

Paul the Stockman said...

I just wish we could get even a smidgen of interest in Australia for the re-release of the old folk music.

Gonzo said...

Thanks to Reinhard Zierke for this edited information:

Topic reissues about 10 LPs each month as digital downloads. A good overview is at http://digital.thinkindie.com/search/?label_id=42 which seems to be more current than Topic's own digital download page.

Gonzo said...

Yes Paul, then perhaps you wouldn't need to take so many risks, with all the re-buffs you seem to have had recently, it must be disappointing, specially as you have had such positive feedback from many of the original artists, finding their lost work getting a new lease of life.

Please checkout Reinhard's link.

Reinhard Zierke said...

If your comment to Paul refers to the Outback Ballads digital download, please note that this album and seven tracks from Australian Bush Songs are available on A.L. Lloyd's Fellside CD Ten Thousand Miles Away too.

Cheers,
Reinhard