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Subject: Topic downloads
From: tijuanatime
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 03:35 AM

As part of their 70th birthday celebrations, Topic are making some of their back catalogue available to download: I think I read somewhere that there will be 70 in total, and they seem to be appearing in batches of 5, every fortnight. Currently available on emusic are:

Cilla Fisher and Artie Tresize
The Rose Of Britain's Isle - John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris
Welcome To Our Fair - Oak
The Fox Jumps Over The Parson's Gate - Peter Bellamy
The Russell Family of Doolin, Co. Clare
Corby Crag - Alistair Anderson
Coppers and Brass - Dick Gaughan
For As Many As Will - Shirley and Dolly Collins
True Dare or Promise - Martin Simpson
Oldham's Burning Sands - The Oldham Tinkers


If the pattern of releases remains the same, there should be 5 more next Monday, September 28th.


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 04:22 AM

Excellent stuff. I've put PB, S&DC and Oak on my "saved for later" list. Cheers for the heads up.


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 01:34 AM

I am probably being stupid but I shall blame it on getting to the end of a crap nightshift and feeling decidedly under the weather. Can someone point me in the right direction - I have been on Topic's siye and cannot see anything:-(

Ta.

DeG


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 02:13 AM

Look down toward the bottom of this page (click), Dave. Apparently, Topic is not selling downloads at its own site, but they are available through the usual MP3 retailers.

Tijuanatime mentioned emusic.com in the U.S. Unfortunately, emusic charges one credit per song for Topic albums, not the usual 12 units per album.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: longboat (inactive)
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 12:10 PM

If the downloads were available from the Topic website, I'd be right there in line, downloading, but not from a different source. I alrady own The Rose Of Britain's Isle - John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris, Welcome to Our Fair - Oak (a criminally underated recording, For As Many As Will - Shirley and Dolly Collins and Oldham's Burning Sands - The Oldham Tinkers.


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: tijuanatime
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 03:16 PM

Just to clarify: these are legal downloads. I think you'll be waiting a long time for Topic's website to even acknowledge the existence of these downloads: they've only just got round to adding 'Three Score and Ten' to their online shop, after months of publicity.


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Reinhard
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 01:28 PM

Well, they did quite a lot of early advertising but the announced release date for Three Score and Tem *was* September 14. I can't fault them for not adding it to their online shop before that date (though most often new Topic records *are* available are few day early). I ordered the album on that day and got it in four days which is really fast for international mail. Too late for my birthday, but you can't have everything...


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: tijuanatime
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 03:51 PM

And the next batch:

A Wild Bee's Nest - Paddy Tunney
Down by the Liffeyside - Dominic Behan
Old Times and Hard Times - Hedy West
The Manchester Angel - Ewan MacColl
Talking Woody Guthrie - Ramblin' Jack Elliot

Available on emusic (and elsewhere, possibly)


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: tijuanatime
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 04:49 PM

Available now:

Ideal Music - Bob Smith's Ideal Band
The Lark in the Morning - Dave and Toni Arthur
Lovely on the Water - Frankie Armstrong
The Sound of the Cheviots - The Cheviot Ranters
The Lark in the Clear Air - Various Artists


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 07:54 PM

From an e-mail from Topic Records:

    going forward with our past

    Topic Records

    A couple of years ago Topic Records began to make out-of-print albums from our archive available for digital download. In late January 2013 84 of these albums will be available to download, complete with newly-designed digital booklets. The digital booklets will be available from the Topic website as well as iTunes. Here is a short YouTube film explaining the project in more detail:
    Great Big Digital Archive Project

    Topic has always had the underlying philosophy of making traditional-based music as widely available as possible. The ambition of the label is now to make as much of our vast historical catalogue available using digital distribution. Digital delivery all too often divorces the audio recording from the original artwork, documentation and sleeve-notes. What makes this project distinctive is that we plan to restore and include all of the information that accompanied the original releases of the past. Where possible we will add extra ephemera and photographs.

    Each month throughout this year we plan to release another ten archive titles, each with their own digital booklet. We will also begin a programme of adding digital booklets to our current catalogue - in February we will publish new digital booklets for each of the WATERSON:CARTHY albums. The Great Big Digital Archive Project will probably constitute the largest digital project of its kind undertaken by an independent record company anywhere in the world.



Looks like Topic is following the example of Smithsonian/Folkways and making all sorts of stuff available online. I can hardly wait.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: michaelr
Date: 13 Jan 13 - 04:05 PM

That's great! Thanks for alerting us, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Jorrox
Date: 21 Jan 16 - 08:19 PM

I've just emailed Topic about issuing the Ewan MacColl 10" 78s from the early/mid 50s. Most of that stuff has never been re-issued. Many great ballads were first recorded here including the only version MacColl ever made (I believe) of Jamie Foyers - which has been unavailable for decades. That can't be right.

Topic tell me to 'watch this space', so it may be that they are making this stuff available. I *so* want to hear The Ballad Of Joe Stalin'.

If you agree - let 'em know!

http://www.topicrecords.co.uk/contact/


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Reinhard
Date: 22 Jan 16 - 11:30 AM

According to http://www.ewanmaccoll.co.uk/events/, Topic will release "a deluxe 4 CD boxed set of Ewan's best recordings with full sleeve notes" some time this year. A year ago, it was announced for Autumn 2015 but seems to be a bit delayed.


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 22 Jan 16 - 05:06 PM

I'm sure I've heard a Ewan MacColl recording of Jamie Foyers... I'll go have a look


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jan 16 - 10:12 AM

Thanks folks. I do like the sound of the Box Set but I doubt that will contain all the old 78s. I hope it does!
Thanks Matt - if you do find it let me know please......


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Jan 16 - 10:18 AM

"I'm sure I've heard a Ewan MacColl recording of Jamie Foyers... I'll go have a look"
Do hope so - it's our recording from a live performance.
Might mean we get a free copy..... wheee!!
Neil told us they were ranging far and wide for the best sung versions - quality permitting
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Topic downloads
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 23 Jan 16 - 05:28 PM

Australia's Wattle Records 1955-1963 also released records by Ewen McColl & also A.L. Lloyd


A Series 78s
A1 The Bushwhackers The Drover's Dream / The Bullockies' Ball
A2 The Bushwhackers Travelling Down the Castlereagh / Australia's on the Wallaby
A3 The Bushwhackers Old Bullock Dray / Nine Miles from Gundagai
A4 The Bushwhackers Give a Fair Go / Rabbiter (not issued?)
A5 The Bushwhackers Botany Bay / Click Go the Shears
A6 Patrick Galvin Kelly the Boy from Killane / The Tricolour Ribbon
A7 Barbara Lisyak The Old Woman and the Piggy / Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
A8 Barbara Lisyak The Seven Joys of Mary / The Coventry Girl
A9 Ewan MacColl Jim Jones at Botany Bay / Black Velvet Band ######   
A10 A L Lloyd Euabalong Ball / Lime-Juice Tub
A11 The Bushwhackers Black Velvet Band / The Hut That's Upside-Down
A12 Ewan MacColl Poor Paddy Works on the Railway / The Factory Girl ##########
A13 Ewan MacColl The Coal Owner and the Pitman's Wife / Cosher Bailey's Engine         #############
A14 Beth Schurr Christ Was Born in Bethlehem / The Holly Bears a Berry
A15 Beth Schurr The Green Bushes / If I Were a Blackbird
A16 John Greenway The Cat Came Back / Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail
A17 The Rambleers Waltzing Matilda / The Shearer's Dream

B Series 7" 33rpm EPs
B1 The Bushwhackers Australian Bush Songs
B2 MacColl & Lloyd Convicts and Currency Lasses #############
B3 Bill Scott & Stan Arthur Billygoat Overland
B4 The Rambleers Waltzing Matilda
B5 Dougie Young The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards

C Series 10" LPs
C1 John Greenway Workin' on a Buildin'
C2 John Greenway American Songs of Protest
C3 [Patrick Galvin Irish Songs of Resistance – not issued?]
C4 A L Lloyd Banks of the Condamine
C5 MacColl & Lloyd Singing Sailors      #############
C6 MacColl & Lloyd Shanties and Foc'sle Songs      #############   
C7 Australian Traditional Singers and Musicians (Archive Series No 1)
C8 The Rambleers The Old Bark Hut
C9 Bandicoots & Moreton Bay Bushwhackers Songs from Queensland

D Series 12" LPs
D1 A L Lloyd Across the Western Plains
D2 Music of New Guinea (Archive Series No 2)
D3 The Fossickers Australian Goldrush Songs
D4 The Art of the Didjeridu
D5 Arnhem Land Popular Classics

E Series 7" 45rpm singles
E1 Bushwhackers Drover's Dream/Bullockies Ball
E2 The Rambleers Michael Row the Boat Ashore/Children Go Where I Send Thee

F Series 12" LPs
F1 Traditional Singers and Musicians in Victoria

Wattle Films
Wattle Ballad Series No. 1 Old Black Billy The Rambleers 1961
Wattle Ballad Series No. 2 The Gold Diggers Ted Dunn, Arthur Greig and Jim Mills 1961
Wattle Ballad Series No. 3 Reedy River The Rambleers 1961
Wattle Ballad Series No. 4 The Old Bullock Dray The Bushwhackers 1961
Wattle Ballad Series No. 5 Click Go the Shears The Rambleers 1961

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Wattle Recordings was established in Sydney, New South Wales by Peter Hamilton in 1955. A former architect with an interest in film, Hamilton was attempting to source recorded Australian folk music and songs to include on film soundtracks. After finding that none of this music was commercially available he asked Edgar Waters to join him as record editor and established the company with the purpose of recording Australian traditional folk music for both film and sound. The first recordings published by Wattle included The Bushwhackers, Australia's first bush music band, and recordings of Australian folk music sung by British folklorists Ewan McColl and A. L. Lloyd. The Bushwhackers were particularly successful and many of their songs were played in rural pubs and radio stations throughout eastern Australia. Wattle continued to record numerous artists from the "folk song revival" of the 1950s. These included The Rambleers, the Morton Bay Bushwhackers, Bill Scott and Stan Arthur. In 1957 Wattle Recordings published original field recordings made by pioneer folklore collector John Meredith. Australian Traditional Musicians and Singers included many bush singers of renown including Duke Tritton and Sally Sloane. This release was followed in 1960 by a similar publication Australian Traditional Musicians and Singers in Victoria, which included field recordings of singers such as Simon McDonald and Tom Newbound. This recording was compiled by Pat and Norm O'Connor and Maryjean Officer, all members of the Folk Lore Society of Victoria. Wattle records also published a number of records featuring traditional indigenous music from Australia and Papua New Guinea that had been collected by various folklorists and anthropologists. The last record published by Wattle Recordings featured the songs of indigenous singer Dougie Young and was released in 1963. Wattle's early publications were recorded on the older 78 rpm format and the more modern 45 and 33 rpm formats. Many recordings were also released in extended or long play format. All of Wattle's publications included booklets with extensive notes on the music and often included the lyrics to the songs that were recorded. Two of Wattle's releases, The Rambleers and Australian and Traditional Musicians and Singers in Victoria were re-released by the National Library of Australia in 2003 and 2004.

Their archives are either in the National Library or National Film & Sound Archives,


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