Thursday, November 26, 2009

Various Artists "Great Australian Legend" LP 1971

This LP was lovingly ripped by my associate Gonzo several years ago (please see his detailed comment).  It was retailed in the UK by Topic Records and in Australia by Score Records.  The three singers performing on the LP were:
A.L. Lloyd, commonly known as "Bert" Lloyd, was one of the recently popularised "forgotten generation" sent out to Australia at the age of 15 and he worked on stations in the Lachlan River area of New South Wales for six years before returning to England.  He is said to have collected folk songs from the locals.  He certainly was a fervent folk music performer with a significant role in promoting traditional English language folk music especially of the British Isles.
We have met Martyn Wyndham-Read before on this blog.  He too, is English, and spent most of the "sixties" in Australia and has often visited since including this year.  He also, has produced several English language folk albums.
Trevor Lucas, the third artist, was Australian born but he spent considerable time in the UK.  One of his LPs has been previously posted on this blog.
Tracks are:
1. Waltzing Matilda (original version)  - Lloyd and Chorus
2. Jim Jones at Botany Bay - Lloyd and Chorus
3. The Wild Colonial Boy - Lloyd and Chorus
4. The Streets of Forbes - Trevor Lucas
5. The Hold-Up at Eugowra Rocks - Lloyd and Chorus
6. The Flash Stockman - Martyn Wyndham-Read
7. Five Miles from Gundagai - Trevor Lucas
8. The Lime-Juice Tub - Lloyd, Wyndham-Read and Chorus
9. Euabalong Ball - "Bert" Lloyd
10. Banks of the Condamine - Trevor Lucas
11. Click Go the Shears - Martyn Wyndham-Read
12. Flash Jack from Gundagai - Martyn Wyndham-Read
13. Hard Tack - Martyn Wyndham-Read
14. On the Road with Liddy - "Bert" Lloyd

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Peter, a NSW country visitor, has passed through and provided some additional material for the blog. This included another copy of the above UK issue of the LP, i.e. on the UK Topic label. Included was the original fold-out insert featuring notes and lyrics for all tracks and I took the opportunity to scan the rear of the LP also. The fold-out print was fairly small and indistinct so I have scanned at 300dpi which makes for large files - all up 14.07mb.

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  1. Paul and Gonzo....Thanks for an entertaining album. Very enjoyable!

  2. Comment from Gonzo

    Very Welcome Ian & Paul.
    There is quite a considerable story to the copying of this LP, in fact it was one of the first ones that caught my eye in Tasmania, in a friends collection, samples of his collection have been published already on various blogs and on some peer 2 peer sites. This particular LP was the first one to be ripped using the Edirol UA-1EX USB encoder (shown in the left side bar here) We had an interesting session getting it right, connections, levels etc, in the end settled for 16 bit at 96k sampling to capture all the noise & clicks in their full glory, makes electronic cleaning a lot easier than trying to do a restricted MP3copy, or indeed a analogue cassette copy as was one of the previous methods. The comparison between this rip and the original first pure analogue rip really shows up the advantage of doing it digitally and at high initial sampling rate.
    The rip that Paul has presented is the 2nd rip, at least I hope it is, I must compare it sometime, we have been sharing Ozzie and Pommie music with each other for some years, so it is possible he had the original one?
    The cover photograph was another "first" I constructed a special lectern to hold a 12" LP at the right distance and square to the camera mount, photographs of the covers were usually taken out of doors on the verandah at late afternoons to get the illumination right (lower sun) this was the best solution at the time as there is no scanner at my friends place. The camera was my old Olympus 2megapixel, very slow and labourious but produced good results, the files had to be downloaded using the RS232 at 9600 bits/sec, none of your fast USB stuff. Later I got a smart media card reader which was like lightening compared to the RS232, even with USB1 speed. That is all in the past now of course, but I still listen with pride to some of the rips, and when I think of how we did them in the early days, compared to currently it really points out how things have changed.