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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, 28 January 2010

Suffolk & Norfolk Singers: Sam Larner "A Garland for Sam" Topic 12T244

This album from 1974 is in my opinion one of the best collections of Sam's work, yet it does not seem to have been issued on CD, sure a few tracks appear on various best of and folk specific collections.

This recording was made by BBC records:  Sam grew up in Winterton which was at the time housing
a busy herring fishery. For a youngster the town had two occupations, Fishing or in gaol. Sam chose the former and at the ripe old age of 12 years joined the crew of a 40-ton sailing boat as a cabin boy ("peggy").
After 4 years of hard fishing life around the Faeroes and the Norway Deeps. he got a berth as a deck-hand in the sailing lugger "Snowflake" and soon began to feel himself a real fisherman. at the end of the 19th century Sam moved on to one of the newly commissioned steam drifters. Up to the first World war was a boom time for driftermen,  herring stocks and the boats that fished them were so numerous, 'tis said you could walk across Yarmouth harbour on the boats jammed together, and there was little room for all the herring on the quay.

Links to the music: Click the side headings.

1. Alphabet Song
2. Merry Month of May
3. Napoleon's Dream
4. London Steamer
5. Bonny Bunch of Roses
6. Barbara Allen
7. The Smacksman
8. The Lofty Tall Ship

1. Raking the Hay
2. Will Watch
3. The Outlandish Knight (Childs)
4. Haisboro Light Song  (spelled Hapisburgh on the map)
5. Old Bob Ridley-O
6. The Bold Princess Royal
7. In Scarboro' Town

The password is gonzoSLGS

General quality notes:

This LP was very noisy, either it was badly stored, or was made on poor quality vinyl there were a number of problems with low frequency noise, some hum on the recording so considerable filtering was needed, hence the sound is "thinner" than I would like it you can compare the vinyl with an original master copy of one track by checking out :-

Side 2: Track 6: The Bold Princess Royal can be found on Topic "Three Score & Ten" Disc 2

Thursday, 14 January 2010

** ABOUT ** the content of this blog

Most regular visitors will know that the main genre here is folk music, but to balance up a little I do occasionally put up some jazz and blues material, both genre's that I also collect. The recent expose' on Toots Thielemans has brought some responses from one of my visitors, his comments, though being visible to all could be missed, so here are some links to more Toots Thielemans resources provided by my dear friend Vilstef


Thursday, 7 January 2010

52 Years Ago "Toots Thielemans" Decca DL9204


A great album from the master of the "Gob Iron" (Harmonica) long derided by jazz musicians as a NOT A REAL jazz instrument, Toots proved otherwise, by playing with some highly respected jazz luminaries, he has become World renown.

The support artists on this album list like..

                                                    Hank Jones: Piano, Art Taylor: Drums
Doug Watkins: Bass, Urbie Green: Trombone
Billy Byers: Trombone/Arranger
Chauncy Welsch:Trombone
Santos Russo:
Al Cohn: Tenor Sax
Zoot Sims: Tenor Sax
Al Epstein: Tenor Sax

With Toots on Harmonica & Guitar

Side A:

1. The Nearness of You
2. In a Sentimental Mood
3. You Took Advantage of Me
4. Cool & Easy
5. Body & soul
6. Cuckoo in the Clock

Side B:
1. Tangerine
2. Early Autumn
3. Them There Eyes
4. Handfull of Stars
5. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
6. Clap Yo' Hands

Vinyl 12" LP DECCA DL 9204

Recorded January-February 1958

Music and scans HERE

Password is gonzoTOFT

This is another album ripped with the Edirol UA-1ex from the trusty Ariston transcription deck with the Shure V15 cartridge via the Tecnics phono amplifier.
Initial rip done at 96k sampling to extract the most possible from the album