March 25, 2015

Idd Mohd. Ajmeri - Tabla Solos [Oscar PIKA-28] LP pressed in U.S. (1978)

Not very much information to be found on the interwebs on this one. The tabla player's first name can also be spelled "Eid" apparently. Luckily his family name wasn't Mubarak.

There is a very small but noticeable amount of hiss and very subtle pre-echo on the tapes used for mastering (absent between tracks) and the anonymous cutting engineer had to use very quiet levels, especially on the almost-30-minute side 2. This results in a bit more surface noise than I would like, but overall this is an excellent LP of tabla solos recorded in Karachi, Pakistan and released in the US on Oscar Records. EMI Pakistan seems to have been involved; possibly by loaning or leasing copies of master tapes to Oscar Records. I can't find any mention of an LP issue by EMI Pakistan, however.

My copy suffered a bit of water damage in the corner of the sleeve sometime during its life with another collector, as can be seen in the photos, but the vinyl itself did not seem to have any fungus or other water damage. Just some scuffs from rough handling.

I imagine somewhere in NYC there is a small rented storage space filled to the ceiling with boxes of unsold Oscar Records stock. But for now this is a reasonably rare find.

Equipment used in transfer: 
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.

Recorder: Edirol R-09HR at 24/48 resolution
Software: Audacity to normalize and carefully remove a few clicks as well as convert to 16/44.1. xAct was used to convert to FLAC and mp3


  1. Idd Mohd Ajmeri - Tabla Solos [Oscar PIKA-28] (1978) mp3 (320):

    ...FLAC files to follow soon.

  2. Idd Mohd Ajmeri - Tabla Solos [Oscar PIKA-28] (1978) side 1 FLAC and photos:

    Idd Mohd Ajmeri - Tabla Solos [Oscar PIKA-28] (1978) side 2 FLAC:

  3. Dear Richard,
    this is wonderful. For a long time I had been looking for more releases from this label. I have a LP by the flutist Salamat Hussain which I will post in the near future. Do you have any other LPs from this label?

  4. Thanks for your kind remarks, Tawfiq!

    Unfortunately this is the only LP from Oscar records I have come across. I purchased it in person at the local used record shop, which gives a bit of hope that there might be other LPs from that particular collection still in the area and possibly showing up in the bins. I will keep checking!

    Best wishes as always.

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    1. That will happen soon, as noted in a recent post. There will not only be regular Redbook 16/44 files but also 24/44 FLAC files as well as mp3 files.

      In the meantime, please enjoy the rest of the blog and download files before Zippyshare deletes them (which is 30 days since the previous download).

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