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
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: