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Topic Records: Vision & Revision

GUEST,guest 05 Jun 19 - 11:18 AM
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RTim 05 Jun 19 - 03:50 PM
GUEST,Guesty McGuestface 06 Jun 19 - 08:36 AM
Reinhard 06 Jun 19 - 03:19 PM
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GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!) 10 Jun 19 - 04:26 PM
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Subject: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 11:18 AM

Has anybody heard the new Topic Records 'Vision & Revision' anniversary compilation yet and, if so, does anybody have any thoughts about it?


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,Guest, guest
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 03:31 PM

Yes I like it but you could have guest guest guest that


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: RTim
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 03:50 PM

It seems to me that most of it, if not all, can be heard on YouTube.....

For disc details see - https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/records/visionandrevision.html


Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,Guesty McGuestface
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 08:36 AM

Thanks people.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: Reinhard
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 03:19 PM

Folk Radio UK review


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 01:32 PM

For what it's worth, the set was just posted on USENET in the alt.binaries.sounds.lossless.folk group. (lossless means no artificial compressing like in MP3s)

I know that a fairly small number of people bother with newsgroups any more, now that YouTube exists, but one can browse some amazing things there now & then.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 01:40 PM

looks pretty uninspired to me


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Jun 19 - 12:55 PM

It looks pretty sparse, considering the huge amount of possible choices.... maybe if they made a 20 CD set....


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,SB
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 02:35 AM

Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 01:32 PM

For what it's worth, the set was just posted on USENET in the alt.binaries.sounds.lossless.folk group. (lossless means no artificial compressing like in MP3s)

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Looked on Usenet via https://www.nzbindex.com/ but there was nothing remotely like Topic Records, and very little at alt.binaries.sounds.lossless.folk

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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 03:58 AM

Topic's reissue policy seems to be a bit random. I have a 2 CD set entitled Vigilante Man, which has 20 tracks of fairly good original stuff. I also have a 7CD set, in a book format, with the CD's set into the inside of the front and back covers. The CD's are themed, England/Scotland/Ireland etc, but nowhere in the book is there a full track list. It is beautifully presented, with some interesting articles inside, and the whole package is titled Three Score and Ten, 70 years of Topic. Looking at the track list for this latest reissue, I am underwhelmed by their choice, and the content.
I wish Topic would start at their beginning, and issue stuff in chronological order, with full background, instead of this lucky dip approach that seems to be going on.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 05:50 AM

& spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/1T6rcGevFVtFjYcNhwf1eX?si=fbrCUMf-TT6Yebzwb5NPNg

:( only about half a dozen I'd be bothered about hearing a second time.
I don't get the "first 80 years of" reference.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 05:55 AM

Topic has reissued the majority of its back catalogue digitally.

Topic's digital reissues

You can find them on iTunes, Spotify, amazon.

It would be impracticable and would probably bankrupt them if Topic were to attempt to reissue its entire back catalogue on CD. I mean, good as those albums are, there simply aren't going to be enough purchasers of a CD reissue of a Bob Hart or Rose Murphy album to justify the expense.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,SB
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 12:40 PM

Sadly the back catalogue of Leader et al still remain in limbo due to the DB fiasco.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: Reinhard
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 12:56 PM

John MacKenzie, my copy of Three Score and Ten has the tracklist of the seven CDs on pages 99-105, one page for each CD.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: Reinhard
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 01:01 PM

And Vigilante Man is not a Topic release. It seems to be from one of these graverobber labels that cheaply reissue stuff that is over 50 years old and out of copyright.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!)
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 04:26 PM

"I don't get the "first 80 years of" reference."

It's because the first record (a 78) that Topic released was in 1939 - "The Man Who Waters The Workers' Beer" by Paddy Ryan


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,patriot
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 04:09 AM

yes but a lot of this CD is modern folkies rather than the source singers/original songwriters who were the essence of Topic in 1939.

So don't really see the point if, as stated, all the Topic output is online & CDs don't make money?


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: Reinhard
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 04:22 AM

Releasing the old albums on CD doesn't make money since it's a minority interest.

The new CD is advertisement, showing that Topic is still alive and kicking, and hopefully guiding people to search out the back catalogue.
And it gives us some fine new interpretations of Topic classics.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 11 Jun 19 - 05:02 AM

"John MacKenzie, my copy of Three Score and Ten has the tracklist of the seven CDs on pages 99-105, one page for each CD."
Humble apologies to Topic, I don't know how I missed that, Thanks Reinhard for pointing it out.


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Subject: RE: Topic Records: Vision & Revision
From: GUEST,RA
Date: 13 Jun 19 - 10:53 AM

I find it curious that (unless I'm mistaken) 'Vision & Revision' seems to feature no Scottish musicians - surprising in light of the fact that, historically, Topic has released music by many Scottish musicians and singers.


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