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Topic Go Digital with June Tabor and Martin Simpson

Martin SimpsonAs many may already be aware, what is widely regarded as the oldest record label in the world, Topic Records, has this year been embarking on a project to digitize their entire catalogue (complete with in depth pdfs, artwork and images) a huge task.

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 its vast historical catalogue available using the current format digital. What makes this project distinctive is that at the moment, digital delivery all too often divorces the audio recording from all artwork, documentation and sleeve-notes. The plan at Topic is to restore and include all of the information that accompanied the original releases of the past.

The project has already achieved notable national press coverage from the likes of Uncut, Music Week, Mojo, Wire, Record Collector, as well as spotlights on BBC Radio 2 and 3.

The first tranche of 84 digital releases included albums originally released on vinyl LP in the late 1950s, the 60s, 70s and 80s. Many have been out of print for twenty years or more and include titles which were championed by John Peel and other influential broadcasters. Much of the repertoire on the field recordings included in the Topic archive has fed into the latest British folk revival, whilst many recordings of Irish traditional music are of cultural and political significance and date from a period when there were few domestic labels in Ireland releasing such music.

The label have just announced the following for the summer:

JUNE

Topic will publish digital booklets for all of June Tabor's Topic back catalogue:

TSDL298  JUNE TABOR  Airs & Graces
TSDL360  JUNE TABOR  Ashes & Diamonds
TSDL410  JUNE TABOR & MARTIN SIMPSON A Cut Above
TSDL432  JUNE TABOR  Abyssinians
TSDL449  JUNE TABOR  Aqaba
TSDL490  JUNE TABOR  Aleyn
TSDL510  JUNE TABOR  A Quiet Eye
TSDL532  JUNE TABOR  Rosa Mundi
TSDL543  JUNE TABOR  An Echo Of Hooves
TSDL557  JUNE TABOR  At The Wood's Heart
TSDL568  JUNE TABOR  Apples

JULY

Martin Simpson will have his new album TSCD589 Vagrant Stanzas released at Cambridge Festival on July 28th Topic will publish digital booklets for all of his Topic back catalogue:

TSDL513  MARTIN SIMPSON  The Bramble Briar
TSDL540  MARTIN SIMPSON  Righteousness & Humidity
TSDL553  MARTIN SIMPSON  Kind Letters
TSDL567  MARTIN SIMPSON  Prodigal Son
TSDL578  MARTIN SIMPSON  True Stories

Continuing monthly throughout 2013, further archive titles will be released.

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