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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, 23 February 2010

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I found this wonderful little picture on Jazzman blog, I hope you don't mind me borrowing it
This was found on Jazzman blog which is now closed down, so I leave this here as a memorial to an excellent blog, sadly no more

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

* * * * VERY SAD NEWS * * * * Alistair Hulett... (a personal friend) dies 28th Jan 2010

Dear Friends, Blog visitors and anyone championing Human Rights

My friend of many years Alistair Hulett, Guitarist, Song Writer and Rights activist sadly died last week

See HERE

He had only just launched into a new venture, a new group "The Malkies" which had a growing following.

I was lucky and privileged to be at one of the seminal live sessions at the "Mad Nannys" folk club in 2008 where Alistair and Phil Snell did a run through of some of the album tracks destined for the first Malkies album.

As a tribute to a great man, his friendship and compassion, I am going to present some live recordings that were done as a sound test for the "Mad Nannys" session. These are NOT studio quality, their purpose was just to assess the balance of the live presentation and to air the new tunes to a live audience.

I would request anyone that enjoys Alistair's music to visit the MALKIES web site and buy a copy of "Suited & Booted"  You can even sample some of the tracks LIVE on UTUBE

Or listen to the "Mad Nannys" session  HERE

A very good review of Alistair's involvement with music, from his early days in New Zealand, on to Australia and the Punk scene, through rock and finally to folk and landing back in the UK can be found in the excellent Living Tradition article of 1999  HERE

Password for this file is  gonzoAHPS

Pictures taken at Korks Wine Bar, Otley July 11, 2008 by Ian Watkinson
OK I know I spelt Nannies wrong, and got the "Mad" wrong in the tracks, but to be honest I was feeling
rather low at the loss of a good friend, its hard to think straight at such times.. R.I.P dear Alistair.

Judging by the amount of downloads of this live session, there must be quite a bit of interest in Alistair's performances, I hope that at least SOME of you have taken up the purchase option of the Malkies material, Alistair's partner Fatima has set up a charity to benefit from and manage contributions.