Albion Country Band
1972-08-23 _ London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England _ Kew Bridge _ (M?-AUD)
~*~ Mk2 version carefully remastered fixing various issues, WITH EQ ~*~
01. --band intro--
02. St. George, He Is For England (->)
03. New St. George ->
04. Hand Reel -> St.Anne's Reel
05. --tuning & talking--
06. The Poor Ditching Boy
07. Rambling Sailor
08. --applause & tuning & talking--
09. When A Man's In Love
10. --applause & tuning & talking--
11. Rolling Through The Rye Grass
12. --applause & tuning & talking--
13. Season's Medley: Spirit Of Christmas ->
14. Royston's Song ->
15. Faerie Dance ->
16. Fire And Wine ->
17. ? (instrumental coda)
18. --applause & tuning & talking--
19. ? (instrumental by John Renbourn) ->
20. Lovely Joan
21. --applause & tuning & talking--
22. Morris Dance Tunes Medley: Fieldtown Processional ->
23. Jockey To The Fair ->
24. Room For The Cuckoo ->
25. Greensleeves ->
26. Princess Royal ->
27. Fieldtown Processional
Total Time ::: 57:12
::: VERY fine AUD for its vintage (Mk1 non-EQ'd version is lite on bass). Check samples for pearls or swine evaluation.
::: Warts: Repaired dullspots & dropouts but surely missed a few. Taper cut off deck between some songs. Bit o' hiss. Occasional mike noises, especially in left channel, but most of them were healed or lessened in impact.
::: CONTRAST CLAUSE: This is the Mk2 WITH EQ version adding some midrange & bass. The Mk1 NO EQ version may be found elsewhere.
::: Personally I prefer the Mk2 EQ'd version which adds some meat to the bones, but both versions are quite enjoyable.
::: *Kudos Boathouse was aka "The Boathouse" and also possibly aka "Kew Bridge Folk Club".
::: Hopefully the traxsplits in the right places. #15 intro'd as Faerie Dance but presumably aka 'Floral Dance'.
::: From a cassette acquired in the 1980s. Nothing to do with the PR version (I gather there is one).
Recording Information ::: unknown stereo tape recorder & microphones -> master (narrow) stereo tape -> ? (analog generations only) -> low generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby B on.
Playback 2011-08-05 ::: unknown generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized -> Tascam CD-RW900SL professional CD recorder -> CD-RW -> eac -> wavs.
Remastering 2015-03-xx ::: wavs -> Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, -2% averaged pitch (speed) fix with single pass after frequency analysis & with pitchpipe verification, with equalisation to increase midrange & bass] -> CD Wave (track splits) -> flacs (Trader's Little Helper) -> yr ears. First uploaded week of 2016-03-xx.
Line-up ::: Ashley Hutchings - electric bass, vocals // Simon Nicol - electric guitar, vocals // Steve Ashley - mouth organ, whistle, triangle, vocals // Royston Wood - vocals // Sue Draheim - fiddle // Dave Mattacks - drums.
Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.
DimeTravel 291 ::: Thanks to the original taper & traders! Thanks to UncleBoko for contributing date & location efforts & subsequent confirmation. ::: Corrections welcome ::: I think this is certainly one the best quality unissued Albions of this line-up/era. It took a big step up in listenability after a lot of work on mike bumps, etc. Inspired performance of a classy outfit who were certainly breaking the mold at the time. Listen, enjoy, show appreciation, share, give, spread peace. Yrs truly, Knees
Support the artists and/or their families! http://www.folkicons.co.uk/ashley.htm -- http://www.ashleyhutchings.com -- http://www.steveashley.co.uk -- http://www.fairportconvention.com -- http://www.aheatherwood.com -- http://www.dmattacks.co.uk -- http://www.tempestmusic.com/html/sue.html (Sue Draheim).
Do whatever you want with it except sell it, 'cause that ain't cool!