Author Topic: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s-ish  (Read 8662 times)

kimhill

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - 70s-ish
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2021, 03:38:39 AM »
I don't seem to be finding much more Ad-Rhythm stuff online, aside from album art. But Harry Stoneham is on the label, as well as being a prolific organ/keyboard artist generally. This is great stuff- early-70s happy music, maybe the best of this thread, for me. 320k MP3 - basically perfect & probably from a digital source.

■ Harry Stoneham - Hammond Hits the Highway (1972)

https://www.discogs.com/Harry-Stoneham-Hammond-Hits-The-Highway/release/2082799
h00ps://mega.nz/file/MYoURR6D#gXR2pMY5F1q9E9F9gP0U4-TfvyokONTE-5LC1XKd0rs

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2021, 05:12:09 AM »
Thanks, kimhill.
I have these ripped as one-files…

Mother lode! Wow- thanks! I'll be checking those out soon. I love this stuff!

Any more Ad-Rhythm titles?

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2021, 05:17:09 AM »
Ah- I see those are all Discogs links. Any that you're willing to upload, I'd love to see. ;)

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2021, 05:29:48 AM »
I don't have any more Ad-Rhythms, but several of the Stonehams were also realeased on Ad-Rhythm (check Discogs info.)
I'll upload some later today.

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2021, 10:27:12 AM »

You asked for it, so here are my Stoneham rips.
hxxps://mega.nz/folder/vOgBxKKK#rSxKMucPrMyVv4VVd3ybpQ
I think Stoneham/Leyden is mono or "fake stereo", much weaker sound than the others.
My favourite is "I Feel Good..." They all sound good and pretty clean.

I've been fishing in my archive and got this on the hook:
https://www.discogs.com/Kenny-Salmon-Big-Beat-Organ/master/467072
I think it's a pretty good one, so I've added it as a bonus, here:
hxxps://mega.nz/folder/eaoAhL4Z#mBp3pE4--CWvdfLvV64uig
 
Kenny Salmon later had tunes on the Themes International label (to keep a thin connection
to library music in this thread:-) Some can be found on this:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Freedom-Road/release/1978757

Harry Stoneham also did library sessions, for instance
as part of the Dick Hunter Five: https://www.discogs.com/artist/921132-The-Dick-Hunter-Five
Stoneham also played for Ray Davies', so his playing can probably be heard on very many records.
A great organ donor. :-)

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2021, 04:02:35 AM »
You asked for it, so here are my Stoneham rips.

Great- thanks! I think the connection to library music is fairly good. Much of this could be imagined as library releases from that era. The Ad-Rhythm stuff in particular, which also started with a more commercial purpose in mind.

I'll start in on the split/tag…

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2021, 04:12:34 AM »
Stoneham also played for Ray Davies', so his playing can probably be heard on very many records. A great organ donor. :-)

One thing I've found- researching for this thread- when your google searches include the word "organ," you may end up learning some things that you didn't necessarily want to know…  ;)

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2021, 05:50:06 AM »
You asked for it, so here are my Stoneham rips.

First up. Split, tagged, modest intro/outro trimming/cleanup. FLAC.
■ Harry Stoneham ‎– I Feel Good, I Feel Funky (1976)

Quote from: tuneboy
My favourite [album] is "I Feel Good..."

I'd agree. This album also has fuller instrumentation, w/brass- not just organ + rhythm section.

https://www.discogs.com/Harry-Stoneham-I-Feel-Good-I-Feel-Funky/release/1275169
h00ps://mega.nz/file/sQYWgBCL#lpIRl1lk-tGgFIKwsCRg6NMzY_YXs1s0mV5FOde3c_E

Couldn't find quality album art. Contributions welcome…

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - 70s-ish
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2021, 06:47:28 AM »
You asked for it, so here are my Stoneham rips.

Second. Split, tagged, modest intro/outro trimming/cleanup. FLAC.
■ Harry Stoneham ‎– Hammond My Way (1971)

https://www.discogs.com/Harry-Stoneham-Hammond-My-Way/release/925781
h00ps://mega.nz/file/8QYQRJYY#73Xa8hvDyDbmd5RZ31q8sYNtjxbJCiIsh6dR0Gh8Yzg

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s-ish
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2021, 12:22:26 PM »
I'm really enjoying this ever-expanding thread. Thanks tuneboy and kimhill!
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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s-ish
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2021, 05:18:36 AM »
Quote from: tuneboy
You asked for it, so here are my Stoneham rips.

Third. Split, tagged, modest intro/outro trimming/cleanup. FLAC.
■ Latin Lowrey - Harry Stoneham at the Lowrey Organ (1972) Columbia

Great album here, and it has some history for me- Track 3 is the "Wave" track from tuneboy's "Wave" compilation that started me on this crazy 70s organ journey: https://librarymusicthemes.net/index.php?topic=2394.msg45792#msg45792

https://www.discogs.com/Harry-Stoneham-Latin-Lowrey-Harry-Stoneham-At-The-Lowrey-Organ/release/3087243
h00ps://mega.nz/file/EMICURpI#WjuKv-xU_shrfqSNxG1hkQRJiDcLKkqKCQWKJhr7oIs

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s-ish
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2021, 06:05:48 AM »
Thanks for all the good work, kimhill. I agree, this is a good one.
You seem to be very organized now. I would have taken pictures of the covers if I had been organized, but I have no system in my record collection. so finding them could take hours...
On the other hand; I just found these, as yet unripped.
https://www.discogs.com/Harry-Stoneham-This-Is-Harry-Stoneham/release/3584337
https://www.discogs.com/Harold-Smart-At-The-Thomas-Organ/release/3556047
I will rip them when time allows and see if they are share-worthy.

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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s-ish
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2021, 09:24:15 PM »
Thanks for the all the great rips, tuneboy- this is a case where teamwork works out nicely. I'm always happy to see good album art where it's practical. I have a habit of finding/cleaning up album art in Photoshop while I'm listening to a new album, as part of the process. For me, that type of Photoshop work is kind of zen, and it's a good match for listening to new music.

I'll be interested to see what comes of the two candidates you have there. You seem to favor Harry Stoneham, and I could see why- he's very consistently good across all the releases I've heard so far. I have to say, the quality of your audio work is also very consistently good, and although I don't have a turntable & haven't been active on the ripping side of things, I'm curious about your workflow/equipment. I guess part of it is also focusing on good-quality vinyl. But your rips generally sound more like CD than vinyl, so it would be interesting to hear about that.
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Re: Cheesy in a fun way: pop standards w/organ - early 70s-ish
« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2021, 07:24:48 AM »

First of all I clean the vinyl records on an RCM (= record-cleaning machine).
I use this one from Pro-Ject.
https://www.project-audio.com/en/product/vinyl-cleaner-vc-s/
It's very effective. A necessary step to avoid
later cleaning processings (with automatic degradation of sound.)
Many people who are into this, use this machine from Okki Nokki:
https://www.okkinokki.com/
Having used both, I can guarantee that the Pro-Ject is the better one.
Faster and simpler to use. Solid piece of work.
I would call this an essential piece of equipment.
It takes about 5 minutes per LP.

My current ripping equipment is:

Turntable: Technics SL1200GR (new model)
Stylus/cartridge: Nagaoka MP-500
Pre-amp: Sutherland Insight
AD converter: NAD PP4

The NAD has USB output, so it goes straight into a Windows PC with a standard soundcard.
I use this program for saving in 44.1/16bit:
https://www.alpinesoft.co.uk/


When I clean tracks for the comps I use this program:
https://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html
Very handy and user-friendly, and here I can zoom in on every single little click
and remove them without affecting the overall sound. That's the "zen part" for me.
(I sometimes use ClickRepair, but only when the noise is too much for manual handling.) 
Good headphones is important when cleaning, so I have this pair:
https://www.shure.com/en-MEA/products/headphones/srh1840

I have tried several different combinations of turntables, pre-amps and pickups.
The great leap towards high quality sound came with the Sutherland Insight pre-amp and the
Nagaoka MP-500. Those are the two essentials.

I must add: The reason good sound is so important to me
is partly that I spent many days and hours in recording studios in the late 80s
and 90s with (mostly) analogue equipment, mixing and producing music with my own band
or other artists. So the urge "hunting for the best sound" has never left me.
I never worked as a professional recording engineer (they were DIY/Indie projects), but I do have some experience.   
I always feel good when I feel I'm "one step closer to the mastertape".
I'm amazed at how much detailed info is concealed in the grooves of vinyl records and that
so much of it can be lifted up by a good stylus! I also love the dynamics you get without compression.
Much "vintage" music has been destroyed by "the loudness war" when remastered for CD.