Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CAUTION Zippyshare browser hijack problems

Lately, some visits to Zippyshare to download files will go direct to the download page and then divert to another browser tab to some unexpected webpage. This is known as a "Browser Redirect" of Browser Hijack". This appears to be initiating at Zippyshare rather than from anything on your computer or browser and it only happens intermittently. Under no circumstances should you do anything on this unwanted webpage. My experience is that you are likely to be able to close the particular tab or click on the Zippyshare tab and do your download as normal with no effect. Failing that, close your browser and start again.

The last two I have seen is to the effect that my Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date with an overlay panel asking me to click "OK" to start the update. To do so would be foolish and will surely result in something totally unwanted on my computer. Other pages will tell you that you have lots of viruses, spyware, outdated drivers and so on. Usually these are seeking to scare you into buying a piece of useless or dangerous software. Regardless, do not click anywhere within these pages.

There are also browser hijackers which manage to insert add-ons into browsers for browser redirection or take over search functions, bars etc. This certainly does not appear to be what is happening here.

I am looking into the possibility of moving to another host for my files and I will let you know. In the meantime, be careful.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger live at The Regent Theatre, Sydney 1979.


Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger 1977 publicity kit photo
Yes, this one does not fit into the remit of this blog. In fact, there are only two connections to Australia. Firstly, this was a live performance at The Regent Theatre in January 1979 when they performed as part of the Sydney Festival of Folk Life. Secondly, they sang a song about Joh Bjelke-Petersen. However, I suspect many visitors to the blog will welcome the inclusion of this album.

That concert of about three hours was professionally recorded by the ABC and later broadcast in parts on ABC-FM. John B recorded the broadcast parts on a reel-to-reel recorder. He collated the parts to recreate the full concert and has subsequently separated and digitally converted each of the tracks. He has also conveniently numbered the tracks in order as two sets so as to enable the production of two CDs to feature the concert continually as in the original broadcast. (Note that if you wish to do that, ensure that there is no gap between tracks when recording - the default is usually 2 seconds)

There are a few minor glitches but, overall, the quality is very good despite an MP3 rate of 128 CBR which correlates to the original FM broadcast quality anyway. Great job John B.

Tracklist
101 Introduction
102 Cowboy Song
103 Battle of Harlaw
104 Going to The West
105 Henry Lee
106 Talking Bones
107 Penny Wager
108 Talking Matrimony Blues
109 Scolding Wife
110 Wha' Is It That Findlay?
111 Queensland Joh song
112 Crossbones Scully
113 Blast Against Blackguards

201 Cindy
202 Allende's Song
203 Dirty Old Town
204 Browned Off
205 Flying Cloud
206 No Sir No
207 Emily's Story
208 Freeborn Man
209 Ale-Wife
210 Ballad of Accounting
211 Shoals of Herring
212 I'm A Rover

Click here to begin downloading from Zippyshare.
Click here to download from MediaFire
 It is a compressed file which will need to be decompressed after downloading. Tracks are MP3 128 CBR. File size is 104Mb.
If download becomes unavailable please let me know and I will re-up the file - mr.stockman@gmail.com

The Larrikins "Navvy on the Line" LP 1977

John B of NSW has very kindly provided us with his rip of this album. Many thanks John - I had been wondering when I would be able to access this one.

This was one of the early Larrikin releases - LRP 9 in 1977. It was later re-released by the ABC on vinyl and it is one of the re-released LP that John has ripped.

The performers on this album were Warren Fahey, Liora "Lalita" Claff, Tony Suttor, Ned Alexander, Paddy McLaughlan and Jack Fallis with alternating vocal performers as specified on the rear of the LP slip (graphics included in the download).

It's an enjoyable album featuring music, as sub-titled, "from the Australian Railway Tradition".

Tracklist
01 The Brocklebank Engineers
02 I Came Over From Ireland
03 The Night Express
04 Cant-hook and Wedges
05 On The Queensland Railway Lines
06 The Sunshine Disaster
07 The Ten Penny Bit  - Frost is All Over
08 Billy Sheehan
09 Only One More Drink
10 The Dying Fettler
11 The Shooting of The Crow
12 The Trumpet - Ned's Favourite
13 The Sandy Hollow Line
14 Navvy on the Line
15 The Woy Woy Workers' Train.



Click here to begin downloading from Zippyshare.
Click here to download from MediaFire
It is a compressed file which will need to be decompressed after downloading. Tracks are MP3 192 CBR. File size is 52Mb.
If download becomes unavailable please let me know and I will re-up the file - mr.stockman@gmail.com