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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?

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Re-Up time again "Martyn Wyndham Read, with the High Level Ranters" (1977)

This was originally posted on Time Has Told Me Blog it has long vanished from there and is referenced only on one other blog, but with no detectable download link.

This is a new fresh rip from a different LP, done at 320k.

 Tracks on this album
Side ONE
1.  Eccles Wakes
2. Bonny Beeswing
3. The Ballad of Trubshaw and Green
4. The Great Foot Race
5. Newcastle Wakes
6.  The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey

Side TWO
1.  Sayerìs and Heenan's Great Fight
2. The Boat Race
3. The White Hare of Howden
4. The Noble Fox Hunting
5. Alnwick Football song
6. The Bullard's song

The "WAKES" were originally religious ceremonies, watches or vigils over the souls of the dead,  but were often usurped by unsavory characters that sought to make trouble, also money by entertaining the participants, eventually the proceedings turned from religious affairs into lecherie, glotony and sin. After the reformation, the Puritans succeeded in getting these affairs banned to the common marketplaces. Today "Wakes" refer to local holidays, at one time whole industries would close down for "Wakes".

Bonny Beeswing was a famous mare with a winning streak that lasted for 8 seasons in the 1840's  winning the Ascot Gold Cup,  the Chester and Doncaster cups.

Trubshaw and Green were famous wrestlers from Staffordshire.

The Foot Race was about an event held in Preston between two famous rival characters

Charcoal Black and Bonny Grey refers to Cock Fighting

Sayerìs and Heenan's were Prize Fighters

The Boat Race was a kind of Oxford and Cambridge affair only on the River Tyne a distance of about 5 miles.

The White Hare was a song about Hare hunting,  both for sport and for food, its original function.

Noble Fox Hunting, the sport of the gentry (before the PC brigade got in on the act) refers to the Lake district hunting, the "Cumbrian Hunt"

The Bullards Song seems to be related to Bull Bating,  eventually banned in 1835.

Alnwick Football song is about a Shrove Tuesday football match, an annual event in the 1850's

This archive contains the MP3 tracks from both sides, together with the front and back covers and the song descriptions in more detail than that above.

The password to unlock the tracks is gonzoMWRHLR


Lord Stranger said...

Whether you agree with it or not I don't think the ban on fox hunting had anything to do with political correctness.
Here's Stewart Lee on "PC gone mad"

Phil said...

I'm sure that this album will be appreciated by a whole new audience now it is available again.
Do you happen to have Border Spirit by the (New) High Level Ranters?

Gonzo said...


Sadly no, and I'd guess it is a lot newer and probably on CD too,so that makes it out of touch here. However I'll check.

Gonzo said...

Lord Stranger said...

Actually it was just a throwaway comment to fill some space in the description of that track, since the subject was topical a few years ago, long after the actual record was recorded, and a 100 years or more after the period of origin of the songs on it. I am well aware of the man in the video clips. Now IF he had put up for parliament that might have changed the voting quite a bit...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this