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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, 12 July 2011

TOPIC FOLK LP "SONGS OF" Series Animals and other Marvels

This is the last of the Topic collection that was not previously restored, I will eventually re-do the two remaining Child's Ballads LP's Vol's 4 and 5

Topic Records 12T198 (LP, UK, 1970)

Tracks Side 1   

 1. The Happy Family (Roud 850)
    Harold Covill, March, Cambridgeshire
 2. Brian O'Lynn (Roud 294)
    Thomas Moran, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
 3. The Ewie Wi' the Crookit Horn (Roud 2140)
    Lucy Stewart, Fetterangus, Aberdeen
 4. Wim Wam Waddles (Roud 469)
    Mummers, Dorchester, Dorset
 5. When I Was a Little Boy (Roud 1706)
    John Stickle, Unst, Shetland
 6. The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre (Roud 2137)
    Jimmy MacBeath, Aberdeen

 7. The Frog and the Mouse (Roud 16)
    Adolphus Le Rue, Bonne Nuit, Jersey;
    Elizabeth Cronin, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork;
    Annik Paterson, Tob, Orkney;
    Albert Beale, Kenardington, Kent
 8. Old King Cole (Roud 1164)
    Bill Westaway, Belstone, Devon
 9. Fear a'Phige
    Group of Singers. South Uist, Hebrides
10. The Parson and the Clerk (Roud 1154)
    Phil Tanner, Llagennith, Glamorgan
11. The Barley Mow (Roud 944)
    George Spicer, Copthorne, Sussex

Tracks Side 2

 1. Three Men Went a-Huntin' (Roud 283)
    Hywel Wood, Bala, Merioneth

 2.  A-Rub-A-Dub-Dub (Roud 3101)
    Jeannie Robertson, Aberdeen
 3. Was You Ever See? (Roud 2144)
    Manfrie Wood, Bala, Merioneth
 4. Going Up Camborne Hill (Roud 3102)
    Group of Singers, Skinners Bottom, Cornwall

 5. Old Mother Shipton
    Luther Stanley, Barrow-on-Humber,  

 6. The Herring Song (Roud 128)
    Phoebe Smith, Woodbridge, Suffolk;
    Richard Blackman, Arundel, Sussex

 7. Rothesay-O (Roud 2142)
    Davie Stewart, Dundee, angus (w/ accordion)
 8. The Farmyard Song (Roud 544)
    George Blackman, Wisborough Green, Sussex
 9. The Ram of Derby (Roud 126)
    Arthur Lennox, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
10. Tom Pearce (Widecombe Fair) (Roud 137)
    Bill Westaway, Belstone, Devon;
    George Maynard, Copthorne, Sussex
11. The Green Grass Grew All Around (Roud 129)
    John Casley, Morvah, Cornwall

Download Music Here

Side 2 has presented some problems, the original content was probably recorded on a basic cassette machine with very restricted frequency response, this means the sound is not as distinct as we have come to be used to in today's digital world.
I have equalised where possible up to a point, without creating too much distortion.  The limited spectrum has caused some ringing and "spitch" on some of the vocals, not a lot can be done to avoid this without spending hours on each track, the improvement is just not worth the effort.
This IS as good as it gets.


inthealley said...

Another thanks for this one - and for more news about the Childs albums!

Adam said...

Thank you for this! Wonderful songs. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I noticed that the link for Side 2 seems to be dead. Any chance you still have this to share?

Thanks so much for the rest of this series - I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of the bits that I've downloaded over the years.

Gonzo said...

Animal side two is re-upped see new comment and link

Anonymous said...

These Topic "Sounds of" have been giving me enormous pleasure this week as I've downloaded most of them. thanks SO much for making this life-changing music available. Side one of Animals and Other Animals is dead though - any chance of a repost?

Many thanks!