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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, 29 November 2011

* * * B R I A N -- D E W H U R S T * * * The HUNTER and the HUNTED

The recent posting of the Horden Raikes first album
has created a lot of interest in the subsequent material
from Brian Dewhurst. 
He made a few other albums from 1972 onwards, 
the previously posted "King Cotton" being one, he 
also teamed up with other artists to produce two more albums "Bits & Pieces" (1974)

Which was a compilation containing tracks from the 1971
album just presented, and from King Cotton. 
This was followed by "Sea lions" (1977)

A live album, recorded and produced by Mike Harding
featuring Chris Parkinson playing "squeezy things".

The album that most interests me is the one produced
in between these two in 1975.

The Hunter & the Hunted where Brian teams up
with Tom Tiddler's Ground, 17 tracks on a theme
of hunting, poaching etc.

Here are the scans for this LP, in advance of the audio, a decent copy of the front and a very informative higher resolution copy of the rear.

Both these scans will appear in the audio archive

Latest update 
I am working on the audio restoration now, really a delightful album, so much so that I find myself spending more time listening and singing along than actually editing which is something I need to do at these stressful times, I hope you will get as much pleasure out of this album as I have had doing it.  

This album has been donated by a blog visitor who wishes to remain anonymous, because of this, and because of the rareity and value of the album I am asking anyone that wishes to download a copy to leave your email address suitably disguised, in a comment in order that I may send you the password to open the album.

I only do this to rare albums, usually Jazz, I feel it helps to propagate the material only to those that really care for the music and the artists work. It is for this reason that these tracks are encoded at 192k and not the usual 320k, because they will eventually be re-coded and posted on other blogs anyway. It is a sin to recode 320k to 128k or lower, as happens.

Original download stats: From the time when the
files were password protected

Interesting observations:
Total downloads file issue 1 =105 
file issue 2 = 25 
file issue 3 = 73
Emails replied to = 37
This means that 1. many more are downloading than 
are asking for the password.
2. the password is being handed around
3. the password is being hacked

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Horden Raikes First LP (1971)

I have been offered this rare album to share on here
there is very little information on the web about this LP
it seems to be yet another example of a brilliant group
that split and went their own individual way after making
a few superb albums. Their follow up album "King Cotton"
was posted on another blog, and repeated here some while ago
so you can get a sample of their style by taking a listen to that.

Work is proceeding on the first side, the second side to follow soon. update 22 Nov 2011. Audio restoration work completed

An interesting exercise, the LP is in a very good shape
(Round and flat of course) but the ripping method is
vastly different from my normal one. This LP has been
digitised on an ION 1 direct from vinyl to digital deck.
This is the first time I have had to work with the output
from one of these, techniques are basically similar, but
the difficulty has been trying to do it remotely by issuing
instruction via email and live chat, and dealing with strange
programs, that although capable do not have the features 
I have come to be used to.  After a few goes and a few
failures we have at last got some good results and sounds
which would probably never have happened were it not
for the perseverance of the owner, the use of the internet
and the shear joy of listening to a rare folk music album
(for BOTH of us)


Side 1
Mock Beggar Hall (Old mansion in Cheshire)
Farewell She   (Roud 803)
Spencer The Rover (A British Rambling singer)
Ye Jacobites By Name (Roud 5517) (Burns)
Lord Franklin (Roud 487) (British Sea Captain/Explorer)
   Thomas of Winesbury  (Child #100)
Side 2:
Mad Tom Of Bedlam (Poem about a Bedlamite)
Bogies Bonny Belle (Song about a fair girl of Huntly, Scotland)
The Two Magicians (classic loss of maidenhead story)
Londons Ordinary (Tradesmen and their Pubs)
John Barleycorn (personification of Beer's principle parts)
The Seeds Of Love (Trad)

Group contained the following artists.
Brian Dewhurst (later known as Preston)
(Him the HAIR)
and Ron Flanagan

You might like to checkout
some of Brian's recent appearances at folk clubs.
with these YouTube videos.


The Audio content  Here

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I aim to achieve an optimum satisfaction rating with all my posts
but HOW to do this? 1. I try to provide rare material
2. I try to restore it well sonically. 
3. is where you come in, only by comments can I judge this!

The  Satisfaction rating for this post is 9.93%
(161 downloads and 16 comments)

I received one (unpublished) comment from a respected friend
in the music business, who, with no axe to grind said he
couldn't understand why I took so much trouble to post
to such an unappreciative audience, he likened the
lack of response to that of the whole front 10 rows at a live
concert NOT clapping after a performance, the sort of response
(or lack of) that would make the performers give up and leave 
the stage.  
He suggested I should remove a post when the 
"satisfaction rating" fell below 10%... You know
that is not a bad idea!