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GUEST,CJB666 London Folk Song Cellar - Final (30) RE: London Folk Song Cellar - Final 03 Sep 20


A more definitive account of the Sandy Denny recordings is here:

http://sandydennylist.blogspot.com/2009/12/bbc-sessions-1971-73.html

Her two songs were on 31 and 36. These were the total of her involvement with LFSC at C#H - not a lot.

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Yes - the acetates of 1-13 were sold by a guy in London. They were Hartwest copies from the USA. They were shot to pieces, deep scratches, needle drop holes, grooves full of sh$t causng hiss and needle skips, needle skips from broken grooves, pops and crackles. I know - it was I who bought them. It took over a year to clean them, digitise them, then edit the files to remove the imperfections. The needle skips were a nightmare, but off-air reel-reel tapes had been researched and obtained by Mitch and Robyn P. in NZ, and the skipped grooves could be replaced by splicing in snippets from their tapes.

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Yes - I've told the guy on eBay that £500 for ONE acetate is a tad high, especially since we already have that disc from another source. He refused my offer of a lesser price. But that is what he paid and he wanted a return - which he'll never get. Nearly as bad as the BBC Hawkwind acetate at £1,500 - ridiculous prices.   

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Actually Sandy didn't have very much to do with the LFSC and recordings at C#H - despite her talent, she only had but 2 tracks on the whole series. Many of the other artists appeared many times.

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BTW the recordings were not done 'live' so to speak. The recordings were done in 6-week sessions with and without an audience, and then edited to sound like a coffee bar folk club with spliced in audience applause. The whole series was a complete fiction. We have out-takes of artists who didn't even appear such as John Pearse.   

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Anne Briggs had three songs on LFSC - 01 x 1/ 16 x 2, that is on two different episodes. This does not mean that she was at C#H two times. Likely she was only there once (maybe like Sandy), recorded her songs (and maybe some backups), and the best were then edited into two different episodes. She has recently issued these recordings on EP, but they sound strange because there are background noises which somewhat detract from her performances. They were recorded in 1966 after all.

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CJB


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