June 26, 2017

Older posts and re-uploads

Hello friends!

I have recently been getting quite a few requests for re-uploads of older posts which have expired due to lack of use (mostly those on sites such as "Zippyshare.") For Zippyshare, if no one downloads a file in 30 days, the links expire. The upside of Zippyshare is it is free. Other service which hold onto links forever will cost a certain amount of money per year.

I have in fact heard your requests and understand your desire to be able to enjoy these great older LPs which have very few sources where they can be experienced.

I cannot answer each request individually because of time constraints -- plus the answer is the same -- I will get around to doing it as soon as I can. Unfortunately, it takes just as long to re-upload an LP as it did to upload the LP in the first place. None of the transferring or photographing or writing will need to take place, but because I will be uploading to a different web host, I still need to do them one at a time.

Sometimes this involves me locating on my various hard drives the original files with all the artwork and etc included. This can also add time.

Please do not hesitate to let me know when a link is dead. ESPECIALLY if a link from "ADrive" is dead because they are supposed to never expire.

My plan is to have all non-ADrive links converted to ADrive links by the end of the year. When I have completed transferring a batch of a half dozen or so links I will put up a quick post to alert you.

In the meantime I strongly suggest you explore some other great blogs listed on the right and also check out the www.discogs.com seller account of "Tawfiq49" who has access to a wholesaler's new old stock (unsold albums in unplayed condition). He packs his mailers carefully and does not seem to add any cost for postage above and beyond what he himself has to pay. By letting you know about him I am only hurting myself and my opportunities to obtain these treasures, so go wild and get some original beauties!

I truly thank you for following this blog and taking it (and the music) seriously. This is music which has stood the test of time. Please keep listening to the posts and thinking about what effects the music has upon you and your state of mind.

Finally, I would like to remind you about something we should keep in mind during these very dark days on Planet Earth...

"If Peace, Love and Kindness is not the answer, then you are asking the wrong question."

Thank you!


March 18, 2017

Hariprasad Chaurasia: La Flute de Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia [ESP 8408] an LP recorded and released in France (1983-84)

This LP is part of a series on Sonodisc which had some support from UNESCO. All of them sport the same cover design with minimal variations. It is labeled as number 12 in the series. Some of the previous issues can be seen on the back cover. It was recorded in March December [thanks, Rory!] 1983 and sports a copyright date of 1984.

side one: Raga Bhupali (alap): 20:54
side two: Raga Vashaspati (gats in rupak taal and teentaal): 18:26

Hariprasad Chaurasia: bansuri
Shafat Ahmed Khan: tabla
Manmohan Raya: tampura














Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT-440MLb
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Edirol R-09HR at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct. 



(the highest resolution I am capable of producing)

(suitable for burning to CD)

(highest possible quality mp3 file; 
suitable for listening on a portable player)

March 9, 2017

Mahmud Mirza: Rag Darbari [Tangent TGS 123] An LP recorded and released in the UK in 1976

Here is a delightful LP released on the Tangent Records label from England. Tangent is known more for folk releases, but they did release several albums of music from India as well as "the World of Islam" in the early to mid 1970s.

This is not exactly a super rare LP; several other blogs have featured it. However, I believe my transfer has fewer defects and more mid-frequency warmth than other transfers I have listened to. This is despite two large pressing defects on each side (it looks like 4 tiny wads of cardboard the size of a grain of uncooked rice somehow got mixed into the vinyl at the pressing plant). Naturally, I wouldn't be uploading the transfer if I weren't confident that I had repaired most if not all of the sonic aberrations.

The first Raga, Darbari, is present only in the alap section and this section has been spread out over two sides (see photo of the back cover or of the labels). I have combined the two parts of the Raga in a way that is not perfect but does flow very well.

One interesting aspect of this copy is that the original purchaser has inscribed his full name and postal code on the back cover in blue ink (see photo). Maybe if Mr John Lewis is reading this, he can tell me the story of where and why he bought this LP!

Mahmud Mirza: sitar
Ramzon Khan: tabla (track 2 only)

01 Raga Darbari: Alap, Jor, Jhalla
02 Raga Kafi: gat in teentaal










Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct. 



(the highest resolution I am capable of producing)

(suitable for burning to CD)

(highest possible quality mp3 file; 
suitable for listening on a portable player)



February 27, 2017

Vilayat Khan: Enchanting All the Way [ECSD 2857] an LP released in India in 1980

Here is a solid LP released in 1980 featuring Vilayat Khan and Zakir Hussain.

Very little needs to be said about these two musicians that hasn't been said many times before. I do think having three different photos of the Ustad on the front cover is a bit much.

side one: Raga Mand-Bhairav (alap)
side two: Raga Mishra Mand (gat in tritaal)

Vilayat Khan: sitar
Zakir Hussain: tabla










Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water, followed by a quick vacuum drying with a VPI 16.5 cleaning machine
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct. 



(the highest resolution I am capable of producing)

(suitable for burning to CD)

320 kbps mp3 (110 MB)
(highest possible quality mp3 file, 
suitable for listening on a portable player)