Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Lookin' around for the next post, I thought I'd finally rip a couple albums I hadn't played in a while. A few years ago when I last looked for digital versions of the Mandingo albums I picked up from delete bins waaay back in the 80s, I couldn't find nothin' nowhere. This time I found "Primeval Rhythm of Life" pretty easily. In fact, here it is courtesy of It's Coming Out Of Your Speaker...
So I spent a few hours ripping and cleaning up the third album, "A Story of Survival" from 1974. Unlike the Sun Ra rip I processed this one a bit to get rid of some table rumble and pink noise and realised the table I'm borrowing ain't so high end. But I did what I could and it's not too bad.
Of course, wouldn't you know it but I finally found a copy of this on Heino and Jerry right before posting. Looks like they got it from Mr Xtabay who has a good review but a dead link. I grabbed the tracks in the box and liked the transfer. Mine has a few more crackles but a bit less noise and some more bottom end. Since this LP fetches big bucks and even the '99 CD reissues are scarce, I thought another version floating around out there might not be so bad.
For more on this insane studio project featuring Nick Ingman, Brian Fahey, Mike Vickers, Alan Ainsworth, Roger Webb and the Geoff Love Orchestra, peep the Vinyl Vulture's Mandingo bio and ENJOY the MADNESS!