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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, 24 July 2012

" The English Canals " 1974 a history reference


An interesting album containing history, anecdotes and music

On the subject of the English Canal network, its begining's it's demise as a freight network and it's re-birth as a leisure industry.


Jon Raven, John Kirkpatrick, Sue Harris 




Another album from George's collection, he kindly has allowed me to share with you all. I am sure you won't forget him in any comments you might make. 

The content is actually three parts, the second part extends from side one of the LP over to side two however I have presented it as just two LP sides the continuity seems to be OK with a natural pause, you can of course re-split it if you need to.

Music Here




Freg said...

Looking forward to this! I have it on vinyl (but no way to play vinyl atm).

Gonzo said...

Please note!!

I received some comments on this post
that failed to get published, not for any censorship reasons, the comments just vanished in a glitch?

There was one from a Lock keeper I think, perhaps you would like to re-comment, hopefully the glitch will not re-appear?

Folkasaurus said...

Excellent album, but took an age to download. 1hr 45min !!! Rapidshare is so slow these days.

'Paul the Stockman' on his Australian Folk Music Blog is trialling Zippyshare, which seems to be good and speedy, for me anyway.

Many thanks for your efforts.

Gonzo said...

@ Folkasaurus
Thanks for your comments: I think the problem with rapidshare is they are basically a paid for service now the days of old when they started their service to the free users was really quite good, faster in fact than many others, but over the years they have changed so much, altered all the useful features like earned points, picture & file hosting without downloading, and recently removed the "rapids" account monitoring, so you cannot easily see how your account is, all these changes to their business model are obviously to persuade the free-loaders to pay for the service. The control dashboard is getting more complex with less features, again preventing even the paying user from analysing their shared files as conveniently
as once was the case.
I did note Paul's mention of the trial, I might see if they are better and post a few things there as duplicates to test. I need a reliable service though as RS is my cloud store.

ximeremix said...

Very nice album Gonz, and it only took 2 mins to download!
I won't be splitting the tracks into three myself. As you said, there seems to be a natural ending and beginning at the end/start of the sides - shame to fiddle with it.
Looking forward, as always, to your next post.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Gonzo, for this album and all the work you have done to make all these other unique and historical albums available again ! (some of which I have and many of which I do not have on vinyl)

The Netherlands

Anonymous said...

Thanx Gonzo,another hard to find album. May your lum never reek!!

dobbie said...

Great album from my young days at the club! Thx Gonzo.

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Phil said...

Thank you very much for this album. Raven, Kirkpatrick and Harris is a mighty combination.
Hope you enjoyed Australia.

Gonzo said...

Thank you Phil,
Yes a wonderful trip, still processing some of the live recordings I did there, lots of happy memories when I do,of course not a lot will be published on here all current live and active artists who need the cash from CD sales.

Dave said...

Many thanks for this. Having grown up on the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool canal (that's not as romantic as it sounds!), this is of great interest.

Anonymous said...

nice post, puts me in mind of a bbc radio programme maybe twenty years ago. Lovely piece talking about a tunnel that the bargees walked the barges through, laying on their backs on the cabin roof.
Thank you!

primate said...

Gonzo - your hard work is much appreciated - I've been able to find out more about the music from small villages in Africa than I have about the work songs of The Black Country. I needed a little help from the Black Country Living Museum to get me started in the right direction. Many thanks.

primate said...

Gonzo - your hard work is much appreciated - I've been able to find out more about the music from small villages in Africa than I have about the work songs of The Black Country. I needed a little help from the Black Country Living Museum to get me started in the right direction. Many thanks.

beetor said...

Fascinating. Thanks. :)

TheMartian said...

Tried downloading this twice; both times the file failed the CRC check, and the file size reported is a few megs short of the 99.29 reported on the download page. Something's got chopped.

Should be an interesting album, if I can get it anywhere. I've been on canal boats a few times.

Gonzo said...

@ TheMartian

I've downloaded both options twice and all decode correctly with the specified password, file sizes are correct as displayed by rapidshare

youngdoug said...

Many thanks for this and the other jewels on your site