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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?

Monday, 1 August 2011

Fred Jordan "Songs of a Shropshire Farm Worker" Topic 12T150

This is a reminder for those waiting for this album that work is completed now, see the original posting. HERE

This is another LP provided for me by a blog watcher to digitise, sincere thanks are due to the provider for allowing me to also keep the LP
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Please look at his recent and charitable adventures to the outer Hebrides
HERE (Link now DEAD)
There are so few comments for some postings, I do wonder if down-loaders really do appreciate the work that goes in to these restorations, specially those that are provided by others for our enjoyment, and to keep me off the streets.

Please be kind enough to comment and thank Kelvin, in this case, also check out his charity events at the link above. Check back to the 2010 Facebook pages for details of the marathon cycle trip
Kent to the Hebrides.
HERE (Link now DEAD)


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are doing amazing work. it IS appreciated. thank you.

gracenotes said...

Many thanks for this, and to the generous donor who provided the LP. I have the vinyl, but it’s great to have a digital version, not least because it has prompted me to listen to it again after a good few years, with memories flooding back. I saw Fred sing several times, always a deeply satisfying experience. I have a particular memory of hearing him sing ‘The Outlandish Knight’ (on his second Topic LP) one afternoon at a small singing festival in Berkshire. Maybe I was especially susceptible that day (or had too much beer), but as the song unwound its story, it was like being plugged directly into some dark and ancient current – one of the most compelling, electrifying performances I’ve ever seen, and all just from a man sitting with his elbow on a table.

Gonzo said...

We struggle on, as is often the case (now tell me WHY you think this could be) the second side is a lot worse than the first, it will be some time before I am happy to expose side 2 to the eager collectors ears.

Theory No 1 : the LP is placed on a dirty dusty turntable, side one UP
so side 2 gets all the dirt and muck
scrubbed into it.

Theory No 2. After side 2 is played the LP is left on the turntable with no lid, and picks up all the muck in the air

Your Theory HERE: Beats me, but 2 is often worse than 1

Gonzo said...

@gracenotes:
Probably the beer! That song is a classic,it takes real understanding and skill to get the theme across to a 21st century audience, but when it is done well, it is, as you say, a moving experience. Sadly I never saw Fred live.

gracenotes said...

One thing that was always guaranteed to do damage to a vinyl LP was trying to get the lyrics of a song. 'The Farmer's Boy' on side 2 was probably Fred's greatest hit, so maybe a previous owner was trying to learn it. Or maybe he preferred the songs on that side, so it got played more often. Which doesn’t, of course, explain why you find that side 2 is often worse.

Anonymous said...

An incredible transformation! I wasn't the original owner and so can't take all the blame for side two?!
Lovely to hear Fred so clearly, that's some cleaning system you have! Superb.