Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ants Bush Band - Untitled album - 14 tracks

Probably one of the most requested tracks I get asked for is the the Ants Bush Band "The Whale" which is a "modern" folk classic inspired by Melville's "Moby Dick" It has previously appeared in one or two compilations on this blog. Anyway, Ian of Tassie has generously provided a rip of this albim which features this song and many other Australian folk classics - both new and old.

This is a brilliant album demonstrating the fine musical skills of this well respected bush band which, unfortunately, did not have a large commercial output. Thanks Ian for providing this album. I have no doubt that it will prove to be very popular.

I have no idea as to when this album was issued. This Band operated from the '70s originally as the "Fabulous Ants Bush Band". Judging by the album cover, it might be a re-release but that's nothing more than base speculation. I'd love some concrete advice. Sure, you can moderately criticise this album on the basis of some of the vocals but if you do not like this album, you are possibly on the wrong blog. I'd rank this as one of the better Australian folk albums by a bush band.

This album has a strong Western Australian focus which is refreshing,

1, Lachlan Tigers
2. Western Australia for Me
3. One Thousand Miles Away (Hurrah for the Roma Railway)
4. The Catalpa
5. The Overlanders
6. Augathella Station (Brisbane Ladies)
7. Waves of Tory (dance instrumental)
8. Maggie Maggie May
9. To the West
10. Across the Western Plains
11. Dennis O'Reilly (With my swag all on my shoulder)
12. The Whale (modern Australian folk classic)
13. Struggle in the West
14. Lime Juice Tub

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

William Clauson "Click Go the Shears" - Original LP cover

Ian from Tasmania has also provided digitised graphics for the original issue of William Clauson's "Click Go the Shears" LP and you can download them, separately at the moment, from the original posting featuring the World Record Club graphics. Click here to go to that posting.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Warren Fahey and the Larrikins "Billy of Tea" LP 1978

Another great LP from Ian of Tassie (and more yet to come).

This is a 1978 album. Warren Fahey provided vocals and his oft-changing group of Larrikins was then:-
Jacko Kevans - vocals, accordion and concertina.
Gordon McIntyre - vocals, guitar, dulcimer and tenor banjo.
Kate Delaney - vocals, whistle and bodhram.
Roger Fisken - fiddle and mandolin.
Steve Ellis - vocals, guitar and mandolin.

Most of the tracks are the Australian folk standards but there are a couple of exceptions including a New Zealand penned tribute to Captain Cook - and a good one too - a somewhat (now) politically incorrect traditional about chinese workers and the British Isles popular traditional "Jones' Ale" aka "When Jones' ale was new". All tracks performed at the expected high standard. There were some minor problems with the material and it cleaned up to a good degree but there are the occasional residual glitches but really nothing that will mar your listening pleasure.

1. Brisbane Ladies
2. Maggie May
3. The Eumerella Shore
4. Heenan & Sayers
5. Tunes (unnamed dance tunes)
6. The New Chum Shearer
7. The Tolerant Man
8. Captain Cook
9. The New Chum Chinaman
10. Gooriannawa
11. Broken Down Squatter
12. The Rabbiter
13 One of the Hasbeens
14 Jones' Ale

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Wild Colonials "Euabalong Ball" LP 1971 ("A selection of old time dance music")

This is a truly delightful album focusing on old time dance music. Many of these tunes originated outside Australia but they often became "naturalised" even "localised" and the The Wild Colonials have drawn upon local material for this production also including some local compositions notably a Varsovienna and Cosgrove's Schottische".

Incidentally "The Wild Colonials" are not the "Wild Colonial Boys" band. They were Jacko Kevans, Dave de Hugard, Brad Tate, Sandra Tate, Chris Duffy, and Tom Rummery. Lots of good fiddling and squeeze-box playing.

A side comment: The latter-day modern bush bands supposedly striving for authenticity rarely feature piano. My experience is that they were usually the primary instrument used by genuine old-time bands. The other basic instruments were button accordions  and fiddles. Why? Because bush dances were usually very noisy social affairs and these three instruments could be readily heard by the dancers. Sure, other instruments, guitars, mandolins etc, could join in but they definitely submerged into the background noise. Of course, modern sound equipment has changed all that. I'm not complaining as, in my opinion and probably that of the latter-day bush bands, it does sound more "folky" without piano - but do not think that was the way it really was. Anyway, enough nit-picking for now.

This is another offering by Tassie Ian. Thanks again Ian. Lovely album in great condition and beautifully sound engineered by one Ross Linton. This is definitely one for the toe-tappers and old time dancers but the music is also great otherwise. Jacko Kevans does vocals on "Euabalong Ball" amd Dave de Hugard on "The Drover's Dream". Liner notes are by Warren Fahey.

1. Cunnamulla Stocking Jig & The Flying Pieman
2. Davy Nick Knack & The Soldier's Joy
3. Euabalong Ball (Jacko Kevans - vocals)
4. Sailors' Hornpipe (Jack Tar)
5. Varsovienna
6, The High Level Hornpipe
7. The Manchester Gallop & Click Go the Shears
8. Durham Reel & Mason's Apron
9. Cosgrove's Schottische
10. The Drover's Dream (Dave de Hugard - vocals)
11. Mountain Road & Sally Gardens
12. The Blackthorn Stick, Father O'Flynn & Irish Washerwoman
13. Brown Jug Polka & Jenny Lind

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Martyn Wyndham-Read, Phyl Vinnicombe & Peter Dickie "Bullockies, Bushwackers & Booze" LP 1967

Another rare album submitted by Ian from Tassie. This is a 1967 album featuring the Brit Martyn Wyndham-Read, Phyl Vinnicombe (later becoming Phyl Lobl) and Peter Dickie. We have met all of these previously in this blog.

There are some great tracks on the LP but the sound recording and subsequent sound engineering, if any, is very basic even for 1967. (No production details of any type are listed on the liner notes). This has detracted from the performances of these very competent artists.

Still, this is a "must-have" album for the serious Australian folk fan featuring some rarer tracks including Kenneth Cook's (remember him from Lionel Long's Bold Bushrangers 2 LP album)  composition "O'Meally's Shanty" which is clearly to the tune of the forebitter "Oh, You New York Girls, can't you dance the Polka".

  • Side 1
    Reedy River (5.08)
    The Overlanders (2.50)
    Andy's Gone with Cattle (2.09)
    Euabalong Ball (1.45)
    One of the Has-Beens (1.51)
    The Wild Rover (3.25)
    Ye Sons of Australia (3.55)
    Maryborough Miner (3.55)

  • Side 2
    Click Go the Shears (3.45)
    The Wild Colonial Boy (3.06)
    O'Meally's Shanty (2.20)
    Put a Light in Every Country Window (2.38)
    'Ard Tack (3.44)
    Lazy Harry's (2.55)
    Ballad of Ben Hall's Gang (2.56)
    Waltzing Matilda (2.45)
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Leslie Ross Singers "Australian Sing Along" LP 1964

Bit of a mix this one. Aussie traditionals, a bit of Aussie country, and lots of the parochial national favourites of the first half of the 20th Century including some rising out of WWI. I have no recollection of the Leslie Ross Singers but this come from the period where large singing groups singing popular songs were a bit of a feature. It's all a bit formal by today's slap-dash standards with very serious singers performing in a semi-classical style. Many of he older readers will get the idea simply from the song list.
They are good singers and do a good job on all the tracks.

Tassie Ian has kindly provided this materialand it has edited up very easily. Thanks again Ian.

I sought to convert these files at 192-224VBR but, like many of these older LPs, the contents are not very complex so do not worry that the results are much lower than that. (170VBR is the highest on this album).  

Tracklist. (lots of medleys)
1. I'm going back to Yarrawonga / Along the Road to Gundagai / The Old Sundowner / Back to Croajingalong

2.Goodbye Melbourne Town / Where's that old cobber of mine / Bourke Street on Saturday Night / Woolloomooloo

3. The Bells of St. Mary's

4. Botany Bay / The Dying Stockman / Click go the Shears

5. Murray Moon / Down Wagga Way / That Old Bush Shanty of Mine

6. Waltzing Matilda (Marie Cowan 1903 composition)

7, Australia will be there / This bit of the world belongs to us / The Charge at the Dardanelles / A brown slouch hat.

8, Snowy River / I've got a possie in dear old Aussie / I'm gonna hump my bluey

9. Never Never (We're off to..)

10. The Pub with No Beer / The Dog sits on the tuckerbox / Tie me kangaroo down sport

11. The Big Blue Billabong / Come with me to the Races / A.N.Z.A.C

12. Bless This House

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Lionel Long "Australia! Australia!" LP 1975 Stereo

Ian from Tasmania has very generously provided digital copies of several LP albums of Australian Folk Singers and Songs along with their graphics and some graphics to supplement previous postings - and all of a high quality too. Many thanks Ian.
I know very little about this album and you will notice that the liner notes are totally uninformative as to when and where these tracks were recorded and what other musicians and singers were involved. It is supposedly produced by a "Tweed Harris"??
I have not bothered to check but I guess that some of the tracks are re-issues from earlier albums possibly cashing in on his various television appearances in Australian series. I'd welcome any definite information than any of our readers can provide.
Still, this is a worthy album portraying the stronger RCA focus on Long's traditional folk side.

1. Cash & Co.
2. Click go the shears
3. 10,000 miles
4. The Wild Colonial Boy
5. The Banks of the Condamine (shearing version)
6. The Brisbane Ladies (Augathella Station)
7. Waltzing Matilda
8. Razorback (Moonlight Rider)
9. On the Banks of the Reedy Lagoon
10. Botany Bay
11. The Wild Rover
12. Wallaby Stew

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spindlewood "Blue Sky Red Earth" CD 1995

This is the third album from Spindlewood (the first and second have already been posted here). It has long been "out-of-print".
At this stage the primary performers were Jesse Rowan on vocals and hammered dulcimer; Tony Griffiths on various instruments and vocal;
Leoni McRae on vocals and flute; and Wayne Collins on vocals guitars, banjo and percussion. Other contributors includes Christine Kearslake, Louise Hildyard, Rob Mahoney and Bob Hefner.

Again a mix of traditionals and modern compositions executed by a very competent group of musicians obviously dedicated to their music.

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Marian Henderson "Cameo" 1970 LP

I have been trying to get this LP for years but have been totally unsuccessful. The problem has been that the few copies that are occasionally offered for sale are far too expensive for my budget especially considering the risk that the LP may not be up to a standard I might need.

Consequently, I am now publishing a rip of that album which I downloaded from some obscure source overseas some month ago, as is. (Many thanks to the regular who pointed me to its listing). It is an unedited rip at 320 CBR so there are some defects which, after much consideration and some experimentation, I have decided to accept. Really, the quality is fairly good.

Two tracks have some light clicks and pops, namely tracks 5 and 6 ("Fotheringay" and "Streets of Forbes") and are quite acceptable. Track 12 "Sprig of Thyme" has serious distortion issues which render it painful to listen to.The other issue I have with this rip is that the album has been "normalised" to produce a relatively even sound level throughout the tracks and over the entire album. My view is that the decision to normalise should be left to individual downloaders. It is easy to do but impossible to undo. I am, of course, unable to estimate the overall effects of normalising in this instance. Hopefully, not much.

Still, do not be put off by this because there are some superb vocal performances by the masterful Marian Henderson ably assisted by appropriate musical backing. This album is often labelled as 'psych folk' but that is not really useful. It appears to be an eclectic mix of traditional folk, contemporary folk and modern ballads as can be seen by the below tack list. Anyway, to sum it up it is a delight to listen to Marian Henderson's deft handling of these varied tracks. Enjoy!

Track List
1. Antique Annie's Magic Lantern Show
2. Miss Otis Regrets
3. Stranger Song
4. Lady of Carlisle
5. Fotheringay
6. Streets of Forbes
7. First Boy I loved
8. Country Girl
9. Guess Who I saw Today
10. Bald Mountain
11. Convict Maid
12. Sprig of Thyme

I only have a small graphic of the album front included.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Glen Tomasetti "Gold Rush Songs" LP 1975

Yes, I am still alive and am resuming posting. I have others to complete but it will be slow so please be patient.

I have previously posted Glen Tomasetti's album of traditional songs mostly from the British Isles.
This particular album "Gold Rush Songs" was commissioned by The Science Museum of Victoria (State of Australia) and published in 1975.
Unsurprisingly, it features many songs penned by that Victorian Goldfields troubador, Charles Thatcher. The liner notes (scan included in the download) identify known authorship of both the lyrics and the original tunes. Somewhat surprisingly, the late Glen Tomasetti claimed the tune to which she has put the words of "I've been to Australia - Oh!" considering that the tune of the chorus is lifted wholesale from the Scottish traditional "The Barnyards of Delgaty". She must have forgotten this.

The tracks are relatively simple performances - just Glen Tomasetti singing to her own guitar playing. On MP3 VBR the tracks came out in the 160's and are of good quality but if someone wants higher or even flac. I will be happy to oblige (flac link now available below).

There are a lot of songs on this one that are rarely heard which makes this album invaluable for Australian folk fans.

Track List
1. The Cabbage Tree Hat
2. The Chinaman
3. Coo-ee
4. Ben Bolt
5. The CrushingMachine
6. Changes on Bendigo
7. The Wild Colonial Boy
8. The Bond Street Swell
9. Licence Hunting
10. Chinese Immigration
11. Shepherding
12. The Jolly Puddlers
13. Laying Information
14. Stephen Cain
15. The Indicating Rock
16. I've Been to Australia - Oh!

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