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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?

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Another early TOPIC album in course of restoration TOP78

Johnny Handle "Stottin' doon the Waall"
A lot of the tracks on this album have appeared on other releases, 
Some of them on CD.
Currently I was waiting confirmation from the artist concerned about one track (2) that I could find no other release for.

Tracks are
1. Stottin doon the Waal (42) (T)
2. The Stoneman's Song
3. The Day we went to the Coast (35)
4. The Collier Lad (33) (T)
5. Durham big Meeting Day (48) (T)
6. Farewell to the Monty (40) (T)

 Track 2 was the undiscovered one, it has now been located on the CD release of the original vinyl "Along the Coaly Tyne"
And on the artist issued "Collier Lad" album.
 The number in brackets refers to the CD number in the 
Northumbria Anthology

Without listening to these tracks I am unsure they are the same actual recordings, but as four were issued together on one 
LP (12TS189) marked (T) it seems likely they are.

For more information about North Eastern English music see FARNE

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Re-posts of Vinyl Restorations originally carried on other Blogs

While I am working on the remaining Topic albums in my collection 
I am going to post some of the more popular albums that were previously posted on other 
(some now inactive) Blogs

 Kentigern  Topic 12TS394(1978) New Link
Sadly Jim Barnes is no longer with us, his wife Sylvia continues singing in the traditional style, well worth a listen is her 2007 album "the Colours of Amber"  Samples (or purchase) from HERE
Roy Harris By Sandbank Fields
Topic 12TS327 (1977)
Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan
Streets of Song
Topic 12T41 (1959) 

(Track listing in comments)
New Link
Peggy Seeger
Courting and Complaint
Folkways 2049 (1962)
New Link

Monday, 17 January 2011

* * * FOUND * * * Peggy Seeger 1962 TOP72 Track 1

Most blogs provide interesting out of print albums, so WHERE do these albums come from? Mostly the blog owners personal collection, or that of friends and like minded collectors, blog visitors etc.

Now is the time, YOUR time, to help in a quest, I need to find track one of a damaged album, or indeed the complete album if possible.

Topic 7" 4 Track EP TOP72

Anyone recognise this EP, do you have a good clean copy?
If so a copy of track one, or even the whole disc would be much appreciated to complete a potential posting.

(Missing track is "Rich Old Man")
February 2011 Update 

with many thanks to a blog visitor I now have a good copy
of track one of this EP and have completed
the restoration. The original track one was severely
damaged and though listenable after some work
I was not happy to add it here.

We now have a complete set of tracks and some
better scans, thanks to blog visitor "Gracenotes" 

I don't crave for comments, though they do make
the efforts worthwhile, but when a visitor has
gone out of their way to provide material for
us all, I think they deserve recognition.

You know WHAT TO DO! 

Download link HERE 

Password for the RAR file is gonzoPSTL 

Judging by the large number of downloads of this, it is a popular album from Peggy Seeger, what is disappointing is the lack of comments posted here, please remember a response or two does make the continuing effort worthwhile, in this case especially as this album would not be complete without the assistance from  a visitor "Gracenotes" 

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Johnny Doughty, Singing Sussex Fisherman (Update 2011)

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It was 2 years ago I posted the "Round Rye Bay for More" album from the Rye (Sussex) singing fisherman.  
I have been lucky to receive from a blog viewer the complete scans for this album. For those that don't normally dig too far back in the archive you can find the original

Friday, 14 January 2011

Fred Jordan (Farm Worker and Folk singer) Here now TOPIC 12T150

Since presenting the "Frost on the Pumpkin" album I have received from various sources, information about other albums made by Fred.

The first one I have been offered to copy is the original 1966 album, "Songs of a Shropshire Farm worker"

I have not been able to locate any recent release on CD or tape for this album, so in course of time it will be presented here as a vinyl rip.
The LP is now completed but as often is the case, side 2 was a lot worse than side 1 so there is still some residual noise.

Download Here

"In Course of Time"
 This is a cunning introduction to yet another album by 
Fred Jordan, you might like to search out, this time a cassette tape issued by the EFDSS in 1991, as this is currently available the Audio will NOT be presented here.
An edited photo of the cassette cover

The tracks contained on the EFDSS tape.

You might like to checkout the INDEPENDENT News 
Obituary for more details. HERE
Fred Jordan, farm worker and folk singer:
born Ludlow, Shropshire 5th January 1922;
died Ditton Priors, Shropshire 30 July 2002.

Born in 1922 at Ludlow in Shropshire, he was first recorded at the age of 30 on a farm at Diddlebury in 1952 by Peter Kennedy, then on secondment to the BBC from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. He claimed to have obtained
most of his songs from his mother, though he was quite prepared to supplement his lyrics from print, most notably "The Dark-Eyed Sailor", some of the words of which he copied out from the Farmer and Stockbreeder magazine.
(Karl Dallas, the INDEPENDENT)

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Fred Jordan "Shropshire Singer" The Frost is on the Pumpkin (1973)


Here is a Topic LP that I found in Tasmania
back in 1999, it was restored over 10 years ago
time to bring it back into the limelight again.
 Topic 12TS233

Side A:
A.1  Six Pretty Maids (The Outlandish Knight)
A.2  The Banks of Claudy
A.3  Break the News to Mother
A.4  Barbara Allen
A.5  Turmot Hoeing; 

Side B:
B.1  The Horn of the Hunter
B.2  When the Frost Is on the Pumpkin
B.3  The Seeds of Love
B.4  The Bonny Bunch of Roses
B.5  When Joan’s Ale Was New
B.6  The Volunteer Organist  
This is an interesting album containing a wide variety of songs, all sung in Fred's particular style easily recognised by the "chirp" in his voice.
The tracks and a rather crude digital photo of the cover, taken with my original 2megapixel Olympus are all downloadable HERE

You may find the quality is not up to the latest albums, this one was copied first off onto digital tape (DAT) transferred to a PC via an optical cable into a Creative sound card with an optical to SP/DIF adaptor.

Editing was either by Sound Forge or Cool Edit, the latter I used originally, the records are unclear what was used for this album.